4: 500 years
Place: Europe and Asia. The film moves across the whole of Europe
and Asia. It takes as examples of the growth of technologies and their
influence two in particular which have shaped our world. These are
the tools of time (clocks) and of space (glass). Both developed rapidly
in western Europe but not in East Asia. Why? A coda at the end looks
at the life and work of the great nineteenth century founder of modern
Japan, Yukichi Fukuzawa.