How William Shatner Changed the World

By Deane Barker on March 16, 2006

How William Shatner Changed the World: I watched this show out of the corner of my eye the other day while doing something else. It’s interesting — it examines the impact Star Trek had on science during and since its 3-year-run. Shatners pokes fun at himself all throughout.

The documentary studies how Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi series helped energize scientific explorers who created gadgets we could only dream about when “Star Trek” premiered in the 1960s.

Shatner chats up researchers who, to quote Kirk’s Vulcan sidekick Spock, found fascinating the tricorders, communicators, medical scanners and other devices Roddenberry and his collaborators put in the hands of the 23rd century “Star Trek” gang.



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