Adam Hart-Davis, one of the nations favourite TV presenters, returns to our screens with a tour through the Top Ten developments of each of the great civilisations of the past. From the Egyptians to the Romans, Babylonians to the Arabs, Adam takes us on an epic history of the world, looking at some of the great legacies left to us by ancient cultures.
What the Past Did For Us accompanies a major 9-part new format autumn show, in which Adam is the anchorman who leads us through the history of inventions while testing some of these in the studio.
The accompanying book is an entertainingly written history of ancient cultures, capturing Adams enthusiasm for the subject. Adam tells the story of the Chinese inventors who came up with the mariners compass, paper money and gunpowder right through to the Ancient Indians who, according to Einstein taught us how to count as well as giving us the 12-month calendar year and 7-day week.
Adam Hart-Davis is a well-known BBC television presenter and popular science enthusiast. From 1995 to 2000 he presented Local Heroes, in which he cycled around the country telling the stories of the pioneers of science and recreating their experiments. He went on to present What the Romans Did For Us, followed by series on the Victorians, the Tudors and Stuarts, and the Ancients, all of which were accompanied by successful tie-in books. In April 2006 he presented Stardate: Mysteries of Venus to coincide with the Transit of Venus.
Paul Bader is the Executive Producer of The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide. Paul has worked with Adam for many years and the two have co-authored several books together.