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Episode 1 - The Conquest of Cold

Solving the perplexing mystery of cold - beginning with the early superstars of science and ending with the father of frozen food - Clarence Birdseye.

Episode 2 - The Race for Absolute Zero

This film charts the intense competition between rival scientists as they plunge ever further down the temperature scale to reach their Holy Grail - Absolute Zero.

Episode 1 - The Conquest of Cold
For thousands of years cold seemed like a malevolent force associated with death and darkness. Nobody had any idea what it was, much less how to harness its effects.

The Conquest of Cold charts the attempts of many great names in science such as Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday and Antoine Lavoisier to grapple with the perplexing mystery of cold. 

Beginning with the father of air conditioning, a 17th century alchemist, who turned summer into winter inside the Great Hall of Westminster; and ending with the father of frozen food, Clarence Birdseye, this film traces the remarkable history of how science enabled us to conquer the cold.
Distributed by PBS International