James Burke has been called "One of the most intriguing minds in the Western world" (Washington Post). Since the debut of his 1979 PBS series Connections, he has specialized in linking seemingly random events to outline the progress of science, technology and history.
Thanks to satellite and cable technology, James Burke's audience is global. His influence in the field of the public understanding of science and technology is acknowledged in citations by such authoritative sources as The Smithsonian and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. His work is on the curriculum of universities and schools across the United States.
In 1965 James Burke began work with BBC-TV on "Tomorrow's World" and went on to become the BBC's chief reporter on the Apollo Moon missions. For over thirty years he has produced, directed, written and presented award-winning television series on the BBC, PBS and The Learning Channel. These include historical series, such as Connections (which achieved the highest-ever documentary audience), The Day the Universe Changed, and Connections2; a one-man science series, The Burke Special; a mini-series on the brain, The Neuron Suite; a series on the greenhouse effect, After the Warming and a special for the National Art Gallery on Renaissance painting, Masters of Illusion.
He is at present working on a large interactive knowledge system which is due online in 2002.
Watch a video clip from James Burke's Connections
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