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Odyssey of Life (#2319)

In the final hour of this three-part look at the basis of life, viewers meet Lennart Nilsson, the man who brought "Miracle of Life" to the screen, and learn some of the technical secrets behind his astonishing photography. Nilsson began his career as a photojournalist and photographer for Life Magazine, taking portraits of celebrities and prominant figures such as Ingrid Bergman, Igor Stravinsky, Louis Armstrong and the Swedish royal family. In the fifties, Nilsson turned to science and the quest to reveal the secrets of life. This episode shows Nilsson at work, with tiny lenses used to film inside the body and scanning electron microscopes with which he captures incredible images of microscopic organisms and viruses. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
432 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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