Since the disasters in Japan my wife and I have discussed at length, among other things, the mysterious forces of radiation, nuclear energy, and the sciences behind them. This 1957 documentary (and its accompanying book of the same title) brought to us by Walt Disney Studio lays out the basic principles of such topics in an educational and entertaining way.
We see how radioactive materials were discovered.
A fascinating demonstration is played using mouse traps and ping pong balls.
The power of the atom is equated to that of a genie in a bottle.
Man's efforts to harness such powers are exemplified.
Not only is this film highly aesthetic with a great graphical style, it brings what might otherwise be an less-than-interesting topic to life. We highly recommend this film which can be found on the always-recommended Walt Disney Treasures: Tomorrowland DVD or in the above YouTube video. While you get into the sciences of "inner space", check out this 1953 little ditty from the General Electric Company called A is for Atom:
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Photo credit (first photo): Marshall Astor, Flickr