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Absolute Zero premiered in January 2008 on the award-winning PBS science series NOVA. Based largely on Tom Shachtman’s acclaimed book, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold, the two television specials demonstrate how civilization has been profoundly affected by the mastery of cold.
Underwritten by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Absolute Zero is a unique blend of science, cultural history and adventure story. The PBS specials feature the struggles of philosophers, scientists and engineers over four centuries as they attempted to understand the nature of cold, to explore its deepest reaches, to create the “cold technologies” that have transformed society and to seek a deeper understanding of matter itself. Absolute Zero became one of the highest rated NOVA specials over the last decade.