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Horizon: Microworld!


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Twenty Bibles on the head of a pin? That's not a big problem for the British scientists and engineers who are inventing the next generation of microchips we shall be using in a few years.

"Horizon"'s cameras have been looking into the future with pioneers of the new microtechnology, into a new world of the ultrasmall where electrons travel in convoy like London buses, but at close to the speed of light, where thousands of transistors can comfortably fit on the thickness of a human hair, where crystals grow atom by atom in the purest vacuum and where electronic devices made of living material are a dream on the edge of turning into reality.

It's a world that engineers can make, but which scientists have only just started to map, a step into the unknown that will shape Britain's future - if we still want one.


Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Film Cameraman: Ian Hilton
Film Editor: Jim Latham
"Horizon" Editor: Graham Massey
Written and Produced by: Dick Gilling

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