Scientific American Frontiers TV Show

Cast & Crew  |  Episode Guide

Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe (more…)

Rating: TV-G

User Rating:4.67 out of 5 (3 ratings)

Your Rating:

Season 13, Episode 9 You Can Make It on Your Own

First Aired: April 8, 2003

In this ode to originality, digital do-it-yourselfers at MIT show off their creations. One grad student videotaped his life via a “wearable computer” (he's seen meeting his girlfriend for the first time). Another designed his bicycle on a computer (his professor is looking for ways to “e-mail” it). Violinist Joshua Bell, a techie, is seen playing a computerized “hyperviolin.” And host Alan Alda sees a camera-flash “periscope” he had conceived (but never managed to design) actually built. Then there's MIT's annual mechanical-engineering design contest. Success, says professor Alex Slocomb, can cause a “geekasm.”

Previous Episode

Calls of the Wild

Season 13, Episode 8

April 1, 2003

Next Episode

Worried Sick

Season 13, Episode 10

June 3, 2003

Trending TonightSee all »

Shop