Essence of life
Scope and Contents
William D. Clarke, AMNH curator of invertebrates, reviews the nature and range of life on earth, illustrating how all normal forms of life have five basic properties: responsiveness, the ability to reproduce, growth, metabolism, and movement. A live performance by UNIVAC (Universal Automatic Computer) demonstrates that despite its amazing capabilities, far superior to human clerks, its giant brain falls short of qualifying it as life. A powerful electron microscope is used to show that the five basic properties of life exist even in microscopic life. The problem posed to researchers by the filterable virus, for which the existence of only one of the five basic properties has been verified, is also discussed. Film material of slime molds and one-celled animals are examined as part of the essence of life.
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1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.
1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid: script.
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired Mar. 20, 1955 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Collingwood, host; Mel Ferber, director; Robert Northshield, producer; Jac Venza and Shelby Gordon, assistant producers; Frank de Felitta, script editor; Edward F. Norworth, writer; Grover Cole, production design; Frank Protzman, technical director; Myron Bleam, set director; Hal Anderson, light director.
- Essence of life, 1955
- Iris Lee
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