Mystery of Genius: Masters and Madmen | 2000

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Documentary that examines the ability of genius to thrive under extreme conditions and in the face of astounding odds. The program recounts the stories of genius that have changed our lives: the copy machine was ...more
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Documentary that examines the ability of genius to thrive under extreme conditions and in the face of astounding odds. The program recounts the stories of genius that have changed our lives: the copy machine was conceived of and developed by a tenacious inventor and then nearly rejected as unnecessary by the business world; the legendary movie star Hedy Lamarr experienced a moment of inspiration that led to a patented invention that's critical in today's cell phone technology; Madame Curie discovered radium, but later died of radiation poisoning; Edwin Armstrong developed the FM radio, but committed suicide when powerful forces in AM radio thwarted his efforts; and Howard Hughes created the largest plane ever built, but it only flew once. Also, a psychiatrist explains the evil in the twisted genius of Hitler and Stalin.

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