breakthrough the ideas that changed the world

Take a mind-blowing journey through human history, told through six iconic objects that modern people take for granted, and see how science, invention and technology built on one another to change everything.

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The Airplane

Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly. From Leonardo da Vinci's "flying machines" to the modern commercial plane, without these inventions, we may have never left the ground.

  • 2019-09-22T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-22T18:00:00-07:00
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The Robot

Learn how robots were first conceptualized in ancient Rome and see how their use has evolved over the centuries, from the calculator to the Roomba. Then, take a sneak peek at what future robots will be able to do.

  • 2019-09-29T15:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-09-29T18:00:00-07:00
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