PBS Presents: Absolute Zero

Absolute Zero – The Conquest of COLD (Gr. 6-12)

On this, the shortest day of the year, I point you to the NOVA episode Absolute Zero from PBS online. Watch as scientists trace the history of the study of “cold” from the invention of the thermometer to scientists making artificial cold to harnessing cold to allow us to survive in today’s cities in the middle of summer. You can watch the streaming video in its entirety (1:41:18 total length) or select one of the 10 chapter segments the episode is broken into.


  • Take a moment to look at the additional resources found beneath the video player window. Find resources on Absolute Zero, Temperature Scales, Milestones in Cold Research and a Matter of Degrees.

Thanks to Free Tech for Teachers for sharing this find.

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