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documentary video opens with animation and narration describing
Hungarian-American Leo Szilard's discovery of the "bit," the smallest
unit of information and
points out the significance of this discovery to our modern "digital"
world. The segment then presents Szilard's life in the context of the
times from birth in Budapest, through World War I, his education, his
work in atomic energy, and his later years as a visionary biologist.
Interviews with physicists Dr. Alvin Weinberg and Dr. Frederick Seitz,
and Szilard's biographer, Dr. William Lanouette, reveal eclectic
Szilard ‘The Person’ as well as describe his diverse contributions.
At an age
most people have retired, Virginia White joined the Peace Corps in
1992. She was assigned to the eastern European country of Hungary where
she taught high school English for the next 2 years. Fascinated with
the country, Virginia stayed on as a visitor for another 6 years.
During that time she witnessed Hungary's miraculous transformation from
a repressed former communist satellite to a modern democratic
capitalist country. In this video interview, Ms. White discusses some
of her experiences and offers some comparisons between the communist
education system of 1948 - 1990 with the changes beginning in about
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