Video Archive

Transistor Transistor

Transistor

Bill examines the first transistor ever built. He explains how it works, and its impact on our world today. And, also, he even tests it out!

Transistor
Plasma Plasma

Plasma

Bill shows the impact of plasmas on our material world; he also impact his own material world using a large pair of wire cutters.

Plasma
Cell Phone Cell Phone

Cell Phone

Bill visits a cell phone store to show why a cell phone looks like it does - he illustrates the six design principles used to create a phone.

Cell Phone
Golfball Golfball

Golfball

Bill uses his giant chopper to search for the perfect golfball. He reveals the amazing creativity of engineers.

Golfball
Thermostat Thermostat

Thermostat

Bill uses a pair of wire cutters to illustrate Henry Dreyfuss's great industrial designs.

Thermostat
Tantalum Tantalum

Tantalum

Using a large hammer Bill demonstrates how our electronics depends on an obscure chemical elements found half-way around the world.

Tantalum
copper Copper

Copper

Using a pair of cutters to extract a copper pipe from the ceiling, Bill shows how copper is the "miracle metal" that gives us safe drinking water, and makes our electronic world possible.

Copper