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David Hoffman:
Sputnik mania

TED2007 · 3:50 · Filmed Mar 2007
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David Hoffman: Sputnik mania
3:50 · Filmed March 2007 at TED2007 · Subtitles available in 35 languages

Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race — and jump-started science and math education around the world.

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In David Hoffman's long film career, he's made documentaries on everything from Amelia Earhardt to B.B. King, from double-dutch jump-roping to F-15 fighter pilots. Lately he's been fascinated with the early space program and our mania for all things Sputnik. Full bio
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