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This amazingly geeky 16mm reel really captures the extremely grounded scientific discipline that defined research laboratories in the mid-20th Century. Research research and more research. I am always stunned when people comment today in the videos I put up that we must have gotten that 60's tech from crashed UFO's, because of course humans cannot actually figure stuff out on their own through decades of grueling research in materials science and chemistry. Well, if you're one of those kinds of people, them maybe this little film can be the jumping off point for you into the deep rabbit hole that is pure exploratory research. Enjoy!
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6 thoughts on “High temperature research 1963”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars itsmemaario says:

    Thank you Fran. These clips are priceless. You are doing a service to the humankind by uploading these.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars knahrvorn says:

    Thank you for uploading these very interesting old videos, Fran!

    Can't help having a slight immature giggle at this one now and then, when they mention "vaporised T.I.S." and the like… Why, you ask? Well, in my language, "tis" literally means "pee" ๐Ÿ˜

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars -Jeff- says:

    One hot video! Great to watch what Chem 101 & 210 was like 12 years before I took the courses. If you tried to set up the experiments like that in this era you'd have students running out in horror and the college screaming at the power bills!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt McCaughen says:

    Wtf Kurt Warner is a time traveler

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keri Szafir says:

    Whoa, that mass spectrometer and its multiple racks full of vacuum tube electronics really catches my eye and heart!
    I remember a MS from one lab when I was at the technical university. No impressive electronics, but the high vacuum tech was good enough ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Baloun says:

    Scientific research in the 1960s was in the context of:
    While most of the world was bombed to hell in WWII, the United States industry was as full strength. US Industry was ahead of the world for decades after the war.
    Research was fueled by the Cold War.
    Research was fueled by the Space Race.
    Computers were evolving at a tremendous pace and we were starting to see the benefits of smaller and smaller circuits. Moore's Law was in its prime.
    Agriculture was increasing production around the world.

    Today we live in different circumstances and we have different challenges and opportunities. So far the World seems to be surviving adding 200,000 people every day.

    Yes, we need science now more than ever.

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