Stephen Fry's Great Leap Years

By Stephen Fry | SamFry Ltd

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 Jul 12, 2018

Description

Stephen Fry's Great Leap Years explores topics ranging from the rise of humankind as the inventor, to the astonishing combination of persistence, investment and inspiration it took to create the Gutenberg Press and the communication technologies that created our world. It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.


Episode Date
6 - The Iotatron that Wasn't
01:05:12

Series 1 Finale! Across the ocean of discovery the swells are building with ever increasing mass and speed. The swells of robotics, AI, nano science, the internet of things, quantum computing, genomics, gene editing, bio-augmentation, bionics, autonomous weaponry and transport, brain machine interfacing – all these existentially transformative developments are gathering pace and momentum now and a remarkable future beckons.


Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London.

May 14, 2018
5 - Let's Play Monopoly
00:59:40

The War of the Currents and a new type of person arises, an almost wholly American invention - the salesman. The foundations are set for the rise of one of the mightiest company's the world had ever seen - International Business Machines. Or as we all know it today, IBM.


Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London

May 07, 2018
4 - Raising the Vail and Catching the Tube
00:55:22

The sperm whale, Bell Labs, vacuum tubes and the dawning age of information at the speed of light.


Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London.

Apr 30, 2018
3 - Bells, Nobels, More Bells and Prizes
00:54:16

The spark that Napoleon sent across the century from Paris to New York with the prize fund that seeded the Bell Labs energised the next century's, in ways that the emperor could never have guessed at.


Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London. 

Apr 23, 2018
2 - A Faustian Pact
00:50:51

A medieval tech start-up led by serial entrepreneur Johannes Gutenberg and his invention that unleashed a societal revolution.


As Europe recovered from the scourge of the Black Death, a young man from a family that had made its name in metalwork, specifically in gold and silver smithing pondered a new invention, It would combine his knowledge of working hot and molten metals with other technologies that had yet fully to coalesce in his mind. He believed that if he got it all right it would make him a staggering amount of money.


Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London. 

Apr 16, 2018
1 - When We Were Very Young
00:41:47

Far out in the ocean of discovery huge swells have been gathering and combining to create the great tsunami that will soon engulf us, We look back at how innovation in technology has, from the first, changed our ways of living, our sense of who we are and what we are to expect from life.


Researched, written & read by Stephen Fry. Music composed and conducted by Guy Farley with The Chamber Orchestra of London. 

Apr 09, 2018
Trailer
00:02:30

Stephen Fry previews his epic new documentary podcast series entitled Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years – the stories behind inventions.

Apr 01, 2018