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Revealing the fascinating stories behind the invention and development of the steam locomotive, the internal combustion engine and the jet engine.

We take our ability to travel quickly and safely across the globe for granted. This episode reveals the fascinating chain of events that made such everyday marvels possible, telling the story of the handful of extraordinary inventors and inventions who helped build the modern world by making the miracle of powered transport mundane.

From the Rolls Royce aero-engine factory in Derby, Michael Mosley, Professor Mark Miodownik and Dr Cassie Newland tell the amazing story of three more of the greatest and most transformative inventions of all time, the steam locomotive, the internal combustion engine and the jet engine. Our experts explain how these inventions came about by sparks of inventive genius and steady incremental improvements hammered out in workshops. They separate myth from reality in the lives of the great inventors and celebrate some of the most remarkable stories in British history.

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Mosley
Presenter Mark Miodownik
Presenter Cassie Newland
Series Producer Michael Tuft
Executive Producer Dominic Crossley-Holland

Broadcasts

  • Thu 31 Jan 2013 21:00
  • Wed 6 Feb 2013 23:20
  • Thu 7 Feb 2013 00:00