Focuses on the life of French filmmaker Abel Gance and examines his contributions to the motion picture industry. Explains that Gance pioneered such film techniques as polyvision and the use of the picturegraph and the picturescope. Illustrates these techniques through excerpts from some of his films, including Napoleon and J'Accuse.
Presents a tour of Paris, indicating points of interest and picturing Parisians as they go about their everyday tasks. Views Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower. Shows a diagram of the city and locates various points on the diagram. French language narration.
Uses experiments to show the great reactivity of bromine with metals and non-metals; and explores the chemical equilibrium of an aqueous solution. Develops a procedure for the extracion of bromine from a dilute soduim bromide solution, pointing out the essential steps of the process. Shows the principles which have been demonstrated in the laboratory in operation in a commercial plant which annually extracts millions of pounds of bromine from sea water.
Shows the daily activities of a small boy who learns to do things at home and at school by watching others, by learning from his mistakes, by asking for help, and by practice. Points out the satisfactions of self-reliance and the fun of learning.
Compares the nervous systems of the hydra and earthworm with the complexity of the human nervous system. Details the physiology of the reflex arc and explains the activities of certain brain centers. Pictures laboratory experiments in which the encephalograph is used and explains its functions. Shows application of knowledge to actual techniques in brain surgery.
Surveys the purpose, functions and parts of flowers. Treats the various kinds of pollination and reproductive systems, selective breeding, and the growth cycle. Briefly discusses the classification of plants.
Considers whether man can find a way to make strong, permanent commitments in the face of constant change. Relates that in the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution wrought great changes in man's scientific, political, and economic life which many people felt heralded a permanent, stable utopia--a "golden city." Shows that in the twentieth century, vast new fields of knowledge have made man even more uncertain of the world he knows, and instead of a final utopia of nineteenth century industrial achievement, man must change his concepts to accept a still-changing universe.