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Podcast Profile: In Our Time: Science

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283 episodes
1998 to present
Average episode: 41 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: Scientific principles, theory, and the role of key figures in the advancement of science.

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-14 06:46 UTC. Episodes: 283. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2024-Mar-28 • 58 minutes
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Heisenberg's key role at the outset of quantum mechanics
2024-Mar-07 • 50 minutes
Hormones
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the chemical signals that control the ways our bodies work
2023-Nov-02 • 49 minutes
Plankton
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the tiny lifeforms that sustain so much life on earth.
2023-Oct-12 • 49 minutes
Albert Einstein
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Einstein's astonishing impact on theoretical physics.
2023-Jul-27 • 53 minutes
Jupiter
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the largest planet in our solar system.
2023-Jun-29 • 52 minutes
Mitochondria
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the power-packs within cells in all complex life on Earth.
2023-May-18 • 50 minutes
Linnaeus
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas and legacy of the pioneering Swedish botanist.
2023-Mar-23 • 51 minutes
Paul Erdős
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of the prolific Hungarian mathematician.
2023-Mar-02 • 54 minutes
Tycho Brahe
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 16th-century astronomer, renowned for his accuracy.
2023-Feb-23 • 51 minutes
Superconductivity
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss why some materials lose all electrical resistance.
2022-Dec-22 • 51 minutes
The Challenger Expedition 1872-1876
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great global Victorian voyage of scientific discovery.
2022-Nov-17 • 56 minutes
The Fish-Tetrapod Transition
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the great stages in the evolution of life on Earth.
2022-Oct-27 • 50 minutes
The Electron
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the atomic particle that's proved a gateway to modernity.
2022-Jul-07 • 58 minutes
The Death of Stars
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the ends of stars can lead to new planets and new life
2022-May-12 • 51 minutes
Homo erectus
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the two-million-year span of our most adaptable ancestor.
2022-Apr-07 • 50 minutes
Seismology
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the study of earthquakes helps reveal Earth's secrets.
2022-Mar-04 • 1 minutes
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2021-Nov-11 • 51 minutes
William and Caroline Herschel
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the siblings at the forefront of 18th-century astronomy
2021-Oct-28 • 52 minutes
Corals
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the simple animals which form the now-threatened reefs.
2021-Oct-07 • 48 minutes
The Manhattan Project
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the race to build an atom bomb before anyone else in WW2
2021-Sep-16 • 53 minutes
The Evolution of Crocodiles
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the land animals of the Triassic that dominated dinosaurs.
2021-May-13 • 50 minutes
Longitude
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the idea of longitude and the race to calculate it at sea.
2021-Apr-08 • 48 minutes
Pierre-Simon Laplace
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great French mathematician behind metrication.
2021-Mar-11 • 49 minutes
The Late Devonian Extinction
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the five major extinction events on Earth so far.
2021-Feb-04 • 50 minutes
Emilie du Châtelet
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss an astonishing mathematician of the French Enlightenment.
2020-Dec-31 • 51 minutes
Eclipses
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the scientific advances gained from studying eclipses.
2020-Oct-15 • 53 minutes
Alan Turing
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the short, brilliant life of computer science's founder.
2020-Mar-05 • 51 minutes
Paul Dirac
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the greatest theoretical physicists who ever lived.
2020-Feb-27 • 50 minutes
The Evolution of Horses
Discussion of the origin, migration, extinction and domestication of horses.
2020-Jan-23 • 55 minutes
Solar Wind
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss solar wind, from auroras to the edge of the solar system.
2019-Oct-31 • 51 minutes
Hybrids
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how parents from different species can reproduce
2019-Oct-03 • 52 minutes
Dorothy Hodgkin
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
2019-May-23 • 52 minutes
Kinetic Theory
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how we know gas molecules move rather than keep still.
2019-Apr-11 • 49 minutes
The Evolution of Teeth
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how teeth evolved in our toothless ancestors - and why.
2019-Feb-21 • 49 minutes
Pheromones
A discussion of the chemicals that animals use in order to affect others of their species.
2019-Feb-07 • 50 minutes
Aristotle's Biology
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the scientific study of life, originated by Aristotle.
2019-Jan-24 • 48 minutes
Emmy Noether
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of one of the great 20th-century mathematicians.
2018-Dec-27 • 50 minutes
Venus
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the planet closest to Earth, sometimes called Earth's twin
2018-Nov-01 • 51 minutes
Free Radicals
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the molecules linked to cell functioning and ageing
2018-Sep-20 • 52 minutes
Automata
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of machines imitating living beings.
2018-Jun-21 • 51 minutes
Echolocation
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how some animals sense their world with sound not sight.
2018-Apr-26 • 49 minutes
The Proton
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Proton, found in the nuclei of all elements.
2018-Apr-12 • 50 minutes
George and Robert Stephenson
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss George and Robert Stephenson and the birth of railways.
2018-Feb-22 • 50 minutes
Rosalind Franklin
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin.
2018-Feb-15 • 49 minutes
Fungi
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss fungi.
2018-Feb-01 • 47 minutes
Cephalopods
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the biology of squid, octopus, cuttlefish and nautilus.
2017-Nov-30 • 49 minutes
Carl Friedrich Gauss
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Gauss, one of the great mathematicians.
2017-Oct-26 • 48 minutes
Feathered Dinosaurs
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss which dinosaurs were feathered, and their links to birds.
2017-Jul-06 • 51 minutes
Bird Migration
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how birds navigate and the risks and benefits of migration
2017-Jun-01 • 49 minutes
Enzymes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss enzymes, the catalysts essential for life.
2017-May-18 • 51 minutes
Louis Pasteur
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Louis Pasteur, known as a founder of microbiology.
2017-Apr-06 • 48 minutes
Pauli's Exclusion Principle
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Wolfgang Pauli and the Pauli Exclusion Principle.
2017-Mar-16 • 50 minutes
The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the highest global temperatures in the last 65m years.
2017-Mar-02 • 48 minutes
The Kuiper Belt
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the icy Kuiper Belt region beyond Neptune, home to Pluto.
2017-Feb-16 • 49 minutes
Maths in the Early Islamic World
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the flourishing of maths in the Islamic world from C8th.
2017-Jan-26 • 46 minutes
Parasitism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Parasitism, where one species gains at the cost of another
2016-Dec-29 • 49 minutes
Johannes Kepler
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss astronomer Johannes Kepler.
2016-Oct-27 • 46 minutes
John Dalton
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss scientist John Dalton.
2016-Oct-13 • 46 minutes
Plasma
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss plasma, one of the fundamental states of matter.
2016-Sep-22 • 47 minutes
Zeno's Paradoxes
Does an arrow in flight move and could Achilles overtake a tortoise? Not according to Zeno
2016-Jul-07 • 49 minutes
The Invention of Photography
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the invention of photography.
2016-Jun-09 • 47 minutes
Penicillin
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the discovery of penicillin.
2016-Apr-28 • 46 minutes
Euclid's Elements
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Elements of Euclid.
2016-Apr-21 • 46 minutes
1816, the Year Without a Summer
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss 1816, known as the year without a summer.
2016-Apr-14 • 46 minutes
The Neutron
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the neutron.
2016-Feb-18 • 48 minutes
Robert Hooke
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss 17th-century scientist Robert Hooke.
2016-Feb-04 • 47 minutes
Chromatography
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins, development and uses of chromatography.
2016-Jan-14 • 47 minutes
Saturn
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the planet Saturn.
2015-Dec-24 • 46 minutes
Michael Faraday
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the scientist Michael Faraday.
2015-Dec-17 • 48 minutes
Circadian Rhythms
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss circadian rhythms.
2015-Nov-05 • 46 minutes
P v NP
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the mathematical problem of P versus NP.
2015-Sep-24 • 46 minutes
Perpetual Motion
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss perpetual motion.
2015-Jun-25 • 46 minutes
Extremophiles
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss extremophiles and astrobiology.
2015-May-28 • 46 minutes
The Science of Glass
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the puzzling science of glass.
2015-Apr-30 • 47 minutes
The Earth's Core
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Earth's core.
2015-Mar-26 • 47 minutes
The Curies
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the scientific achievements of the Curie family.
2015-Mar-12 • 46 minutes
Dark Matter
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss dark matter, the 'missing mass' of the universe.
2015-Feb-12 • 45 minutes
The Photon
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the photon, the fundamental particle of light.
2014-Dec-11 • 46 minutes
Behavioural Ecology
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss behavioural ecology.
2014-Nov-13 • 45 minutes
Brunel
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
2014-Oct-30 • 47 minutes
Nuclear Fusion
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history and science of nuclear fusion.
2014-Sep-25 • 45 minutes
e
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Euler's number, e.
2014-Jul-10 • 47 minutes
The Sun
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the science of the sun, source of all our energy.
2014-Jun-12 • 47 minutes
Robert Boyle
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the pioneering scientist Robert Boyle.
2014-May-15 • 47 minutes
Photosynthesis
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss photosynthesis.
2014-Apr-03 • 47 minutes
States of Matter
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the states of matter, from solids to plasmas.
2014-Feb-27 • 42 minutes
The Eye
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas about the eye and how it works.
2014-Feb-20 • 42 minutes
Social Darwinism
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Social Darwinism.
2014-Jan-30 • 42 minutes
Catastrophism
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the geological theory of Catastrophism.
2013-Dec-19 • 42 minutes
Complexity
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss complexity theory.
2013-Nov-28 • 42 minutes
The Microscope
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the development of the microscope.
2013-Oct-10 • 42 minutes
Galen
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Roman physician and medical theorist Galen.
2013-Oct-03 • 42 minutes
Exoplanets
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets.
2013-Sep-19 • 42 minutes
Pascal
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of the French thinker Blaise Pascal.
2013-Jul-04 • 42 minutes
The Invention of Radio
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the invention of radio.
2013-Jun-06 • 42 minutes
Relativity
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Einstein's theory of relativity.
2013-May-16 • 42 minutes
Cosmic Rays
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss cosmic rays.
2013-Mar-28 • 39 minutes
Water
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss water, one of the most remarkable of all molecules.
2013-Mar-07 • 42 minutes
Absolute Zero
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss absolute zero, the lowest possible temperature.
2013-Feb-28 • 42 minutes
Pitt-Rivers
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Victorian archaeologist Augustus Pitt-Rivers.
2013-Jan-17 • 42 minutes
Comets
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss comets, the 'dirty snowballs' of the solar system.
2012-Nov-28 • 42 minutes
Crystallography
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history and achievements of crystallography.
2012-Oct-25 • 42 minutes
Fermat's Last Theorem
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Fermat's Last Theorem.
2012-Sep-13 • 42 minutes
The Cell
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the biology and origins of the cell.
2012-May-10 • 42 minutes
Game Theory
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss game theory, the mathematical study of decision-making
2012-Apr-12 • 42 minutes
Early Geology
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the emergence of geology as a scientific discipline.
2012-Mar-29 • 42 minutes
The Measurement of Time
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the measurement of time.
2012-Feb-23 • 42 minutes
Conductors and Semiconductors
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the physics of electrical conduction.
2012-Jan-26 • 42 minutes
The Scientific Method
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Scientific Method.
2011-Dec-29 • 42 minutes
Macromolecules
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the giant molecules that underpin all life.
2011-Sep-15 • 42 minutes
The Hippocratic Oath
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Hippocratic Oath.
2011-Jun-08 • 42 minutes
The Origins of Infectious Disease
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the origins of infectious disease.
2011-Apr-14 • 42 minutes
The Neutrino
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the neutrino, the so-called 'ghost particle'.
2011-Mar-03 • 42 minutes
The Age of the Universe
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the age of the Universe.
2011-Feb-10 • 42 minutes
The Nervous System
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the nervous system.
2011-Jan-13 • 42 minutes
Random and Pseudorandom
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss mathematical randomness and pseudorandomness.
2010-Dec-09 • 42 minutes
Thomas Edison
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the American technological pioneer Thomas Edison.
2010-Nov-04 • 42 minutes
Women and Enlightenment Science
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the role played by women in Enlightenment science.
2010-Oct-21 • 42 minutes
Logic
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of logic.
2010-Sep-23 • 42 minutes
Imaginary Numbers
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss imaginary numbers.
2010-Jul-08 • 42 minutes
Pliny's Natural History
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Pliny's Natural History, one of the first encyclopedias.
2010-Jun-24 • 42 minutes
Antarctica
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the Antarctic and its exploration.
2010-Jun-17 • 42 minutes
The Neanderthals
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the evolution and characteristics of the Neanderthals.
2010-May-20 • 42 minutes
The Cavendish Family in Science
Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the scientific achievements of the Cavendish family.
2010-May-06 • 42 minutes
The Cool Universe
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Cool Universe.
2010-Mar-04 • 42 minutes
The Infant Brain
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss what new research reveals about the infant brain.
2010-Feb-11 • 42 minutes
Mathematics' Unintended Consequences
Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the unintended consequences of mathematical discoveries.
2010-Jan-07 • 42 minutes
The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 4
The more discreet role played by the Society in the 20th century.
2010-Jan-06 • 42 minutes
The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 3
The 19th century blooms scientifically with numerous alternative, specialist societies.
2010-Jan-05 • 42 minutes
The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 2
How Newton tested the lines between government-funded research and public access.
2010-Jan-04 • 42 minutes
The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 1
Melvyn Bragg travels to Oxford, where the young Christopher Wren and friends experimented.
2009-Dec-10 • 42 minutes
Pythagoras
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans.
2009-Nov-12 • 42 minutes
Radiation
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the discovery of radiation, from radio waves to gamma rays
2009-Oct-22 • 42 minutes
The Geological Formation of Britain
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the geological formation of Britain.
2009-Sep-24 • 42 minutes
Calculus
The dispute between Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz over who invented calculus.
2009-Jul-09 • 42 minutes
Ediacara Biota
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Ediacara Biota.
2009-Jul-02 • 42 minutes
Logical Positivism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the radical philosophy of the Vienna Circle.
2009-May-21 • 42 minutes
The Whale - A History
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the evolutionary history of the whale.
2009-Apr-30 • 42 minutes
The Vacuum of Space
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Vacuum of Space.
2009-Apr-02 • 42 minutes
Baconian Science
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
2009-Mar-12 • 42 minutes
The Library of Alexandria
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Library of Alexandria.
2009-Mar-05 • 42 minutes
The Measurement Problem in Physics
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the measurement problem in physics.
2009-Feb-19 • 42 minutes
The Observatory at Jaipur
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the observatory at Jaipur.
2009-Jan-08 • 42 minutes
Darwin: Life After Origins
Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent.
2009-Jan-07 • 42 minutes
Darwin: On the Origin of Species
How Darwin was eventually persuaded to publish On the Origin of Species in November 1859.
2009-Jan-06 • 43 minutes
Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle
How Darwin's work during the Beagle expedition influenced his theories.
2009-Jan-05 • 43 minutes
Darwin: On the Origins of Charles Darwin
Darwin's early life in Shropshire and his three years at Cambridge.
2008-Dec-18 • 42 minutes
The Physics of Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the physics of time.
2008-Dec-04 • 42 minutes
Heat
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of scientific ideas about Heat.
2008-Nov-13 • 42 minutes
Neuroscience
Melvyn Bragg examines neuroscience, the relationship between the mind and the brain.
2008-Oct-16 • 42 minutes
Vitalism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 18th and 19th century quest for the spark of life.
2008-Oct-09 • 42 minutes
Godel's Incompleteness Theorems
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the mathematician Kurt Godel and his work.
2008-Jun-19 • 42 minutes
The Music of the Spheres
Melvyn Bragg explores the ancient astrological idea of the music of the spheres.
2008-Jun-05 • 42 minutes
Lysenkoism
Melvyn Bragg examines the destructive career of the Soviet geneticist Trofim Lysenko.
2008-May-29 • 42 minutes
Probability
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the strange mathematics of probability.
2008-May-08 • 42 minutes
The Brain
The history of cultural, medical, artistic and philosophical ideas about the human brain.
2008-Apr-03 • 42 minutes
The Laws of Motion
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion.
2008-Mar-06 • 42 minutes
Ada Lovelace
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ada Lovelace - the Victorian ‘enchantress of numbers’.
2008-Feb-21 • 42 minutes
The Multiverse
Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the Multiverse.
2008-Jan-24 • 42 minutes
Plate Tectonics
Melvyn Bragg examines plate tectonics, a theory that transformed our idea of the earth.
2007-Dec-20 • 42 minutes
The Four Humours
Melvyn Bragg discusses the four humours in medical history.
2007-Dec-06 • 42 minutes
Genetic Mutation
Melvyn Bragg discusses mutation in genetics and evolution.
2007-Nov-29 • 42 minutes
The Fibonacci Sequence
Melvyn Bragg discusses the mathematical and cultural mysteries of the Fibonacci Sequence.
2007-Nov-15 • 42 minutes
Oxygen
Melvyn Bragg discusses the discovery of Oxygen by Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier.
2007-Oct-04 • 28 minutes
Antimatter
Melvyn Bragg discusses Antimatter in particle physics and cosmology.
2007-Jun-28 • 42 minutes
The Permian-Triassic Boundary
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Permian-Triassic boundary in evolutionary history.
2007-Jun-14 • 28 minutes
Renaissance Astrology
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Renaissance Astrology.
2007-May-17 • 42 minutes
Gravitational Waves
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the physics of Gravitational Waves.
2007-Apr-19 • 42 minutes
Symmetry
Melvyn Bragg discusses the idea of symmetry in art and nature.
2007-Mar-29 • 42 minutes
Anaesthetics
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of anaesthetics.
2007-Mar-08 • 42 minutes
Microbiology
Melvyn Bragg discusses the history of microbiology, the study of microscopic life.
2007-Mar-01 • 28 minutes
Optics
Melvyn Bragg discusses the history of the science of optics
2007-Feb-08 • 42 minutes
Popper
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Anglo-Austrian philosopher Karl Popper.
2007-Jan-25 • 42 minutes
Archimedes
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Greek mathematician Archimedes and his famous cry of “eureka!”
2007-Jan-18 • 42 minutes
The Jesuits
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Jesuits, “the school masters of Europe”.
2007-Jan-11 • 42 minutes
Mars
Melvyn Bragg discusses the planet Mars, a source of endless fascination in human history
2006-Dec-14 • 42 minutes
Indian Mathematics
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 5000 year long story of Indian Maths.
2006-Nov-30 • 42 minutes
The Speed of Light
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the speed of light, lynchpin of Einstein’s universe.
2006-Nov-02 • 42 minutes
The Poincaré Conjecture
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss a puzzle that may explain the shape of the universe.
2006-Oct-19 • 42 minutes
The Needham Question
Melvyn Bragg examines the Needham Question; why Europe, not China made modern technology.
2006-Sep-28 • 42 minutes
Humboldt
Melvyn Bragg examines the Prussian naturalist and explorer, Alexander Von Humboldt.
2006-Jun-29 • 42 minutes
Galaxies
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the creation and destruction of galaxies.
2006-Jun-15 • 42 minutes
Carbon
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss carbon, which forms the basis of all organic life.
2006-Jun-01 • 42 minutes
The Heart
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas about the heart.
2006-May-04 • 42 minutes
Astronomy and Empire
Melvyn Bragg examines the relationship between astronomy and British Imperial expansion.
2006-Apr-20 • 42 minutes
Immunisation
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the search for immunisation and its impact on society.
2006-Mar-23 • 42 minutes
The Royal Society
The history of the formation of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy.
2006-Mar-09 • 42 minutes
Negative Numbers
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss negative numbers, a history of mystery and suspicion.
2006-Feb-16 • 28 minutes
Human Evolution
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the six million year old story of human evolution.
2006-Jan-19 • 28 minutes
Relativism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss relativism; a philosophy with no absolute truths.
2006-Jan-12 • 28 minutes
Prime Numbers
Melvyn Bragg examines prime numbers and their mysterious role in the universe of numbers.
2005-Dec-08 • 40 minutes
Artificial Intelligence
Melvyn Bragg investigates artificial intelligence; can a computer imitate the human mind?
2005-Nov-24 • 42 minutes
The Graviton
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the search for the Graviton particle in physics.
2005-Nov-03 • 28 minutes
Asteroids
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the unique properties of asteroids.
2005-Oct-13 • 42 minutes
Mammals
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise of the mammals which began 65 million years ago.
2005-Sep-29 • 42 minutes
Magnetism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history and mysterious force of magnetism.
2005-Jun-23 • 42 minutes
The KT Boundary
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the KT Boundary and the extinction of the dinosaurs.
2005-Jun-02 • 42 minutes
Renaissance Maths
Melvyn Bragg explores Renaissance Mathematics, when maths moved from an art to a science.
2005-Apr-28 • 28 minutes
Perception and the Senses
Melvyn Bragg examines perception: how the brain reacts to the mass of data crowding it.
2005-Mar-17 • 42 minutes
Dark Energy
Melvyn Bragg examines recently discovered 'dark energy' and its effect on the universe.
2005-Feb-24 • 42 minutes
Alchemy
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alchemy, the ancient science of transformations.
2005-Feb-17 • 42 minutes
The Cambrian Period
Melvyn Bragg examines the Cambrian period, when there was an explosion of life on Earth.
2005-Jan-13 • 42 minutes
The Mind/Body Problem
Melvyn Bragg examines the history of thought about the mind/body problem in philosophy.
2004-Dec-16 • 28 minutes
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Melvyn Bragg examines the Second Law of Thermodynamics from steam to the Big Bang.
2004-Dec-02 • 28 minutes
Jung
The extraordinary mind and theories of the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung.
2004-Nov-18 • 42 minutes
Higgs Boson
The history of the quest to find the Higgs Boson, also known as the 'God Particle'.
2004-Nov-04 • 42 minutes
Electrickery
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the dawn of the age of electricity.
2004-Sep-23 • 28 minutes
The Origins of Life
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss when and how life on earth originated.
2004-Sep-02 • 28 minutes
Pi
Melvyn Bragg examines the history of the longest and most detailed number in nature.
2004-Jun-17 • 28 minutes
Renaissance Magic
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Renaissance obsession with Magic.
2004-May-27 • 28 minutes
The Planets
Melvyn Bragg examines our knowledge of the planets in both our and other solar systems.
2004-May-13 • 42 minutes
Zero
Melvyn Bragg examines the number between 1 and -1, once denounced as the devil's work.
2004-Apr-22 • 28 minutes
Hysteria
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how emotional experiences can become physical symptoms.
2004-Mar-25 • 42 minutes
Theories of Everything
Melvyn Bragg explores the 30 year search to solve all the biggest questions in physics.
2004-Mar-04 • 28 minutes
Dreams
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the function and interpretation of dreams.
2004-Feb-19 • 28 minutes
Rutherford
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear science.
2004-Jan-29 • 42 minutes
Cryptography
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins and history of codes.
2003-Dec-24 • 57 minutes
Lamarck and Natural Selection
Melvyn Bragg discusses Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the 18th century French precursor to Darwin.
2003-Nov-20 • 28 minutes
Ageing the Earth
Melvyn Bragg examines the age of the Earth and its division into four great Eons.
2003-Oct-23 • 42 minutes
Infinity
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the nature and existence of mathematical infinity.
2003-Oct-02 • 42 minutes
Maxwell
The work and legacy of the often overlooked 19th century scientist James Clerk Maxwell.
2003-Jul-10 • 42 minutes
Nature
Melvyn Bragg examines the attempt to define humanity’s part in the natural world.
2003-Jul-03 • 42 minutes
Vulcanology
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the formation and eruption of volcanoes.
2003-Jun-05 • 28 minutes
The Lunar Society
Melvyn Bragg examines an 18th century group of pioneering scientists and engineers.
2003-May-29 • 28 minutes
Memory
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the function and significance of memory.
2003-May-22 • 42 minutes
Blood
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss blood, from medical progress to the link to the divine.
2003-Mar-27 • 28 minutes
The Life of Stars
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life cycle of stars.
2003-Mar-06 • 28 minutes
Meteorology
Melvyn Bragg explores the fascinating and mystifying science of meteorology.
2003-Feb-13 • 28 minutes
Chance and Design
Melvyn Bragg explores the question and theories of a grand design in the universe.
2002-Dec-19 • 42 minutes
The Calendar
Melvyn Bragg explores the ancient origins of our Gregorian calendar.
2002-Dec-12 • 28 minutes
Man and Disease
Melvyn Bragg examines how humans have understood and fought disease throughout history.
2002-Nov-28 • 28 minutes
Imagination
Melvyn Bragg investigates the creatives forces of the imagination.
2002-Nov-07 • 42 minutes
Human Nature
Melvyn Bragg examines whether our natures are innate or defined by unbringing.
2002-Oct-24 • 28 minutes
The Scientist
Melvyn Bragg explores the origin of the concept and the historical role of the scientist.
2002-Jul-11 • 29 minutes
Psychoanalysis and Democracy
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the impact of politics on psychoanalysis.
2002-May-23 • 28 minutes
Drugs
Melvyn Bragg examines the role of narcotics and stimulants in the history of medicine.
2002-May-16 • 42 minutes
Chaos Theory
Melvyn Bragg examines how Chaos Theory has affected our understanding of the universe.
2002-May-02 • 28 minutes
The Physics of Reality
Melvyn Bragg examines the attempt to reconcile Quantum Theory and classical physics.
2002-Apr-04 • 28 minutes
Extra Terrestrials
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss our chances of ever discovering life on another planet.
2002-Feb-14 • 28 minutes
Anatomy
The 2000 year old history of mankind's quest to understand the human body.
2002-Feb-07 • 28 minutes
The Universe's Shape
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the shape, size and topology of the universe.
2002-Jan-10 • 28 minutes
Nuclear Physics
Melvyn Bragg examines the 20th century development of nuclear physics as a science.
2001-Dec-13 • 28 minutes
Genetics
Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the development of the science of genetics.
2001-Nov-22 • 28 minutes
Oceanography
Melvyn Bragg explores what science has revealed, and we still don't know, about the sea.
2001-Jul-05 • 28 minutes
The Earth's Origins
Melvyn Bragg discusses the origins of the Earth.
2001-Apr-12 • 28 minutes
Black Holes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Black Holes, the ghosts of massive stars.
2001-Mar-22 • 42 minutes
Fossils
The significance of fossils in history and the impact of techniques in understanding them.
2001-Feb-22 • 28 minutes
Quantum Gravity
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 20th century attempts to understand the Quantum world.
2001-Feb-01 • 28 minutes
Imperial Science
Melvyn Bragg examines whether agriculture or trade drove 19th century British imperialism.
2001-Jan-11 • 28 minutes
Mathematics and Platonism
Melvyn Bragg examines whether mathematics is a process of invention or of discovery.
2000-Nov-09 • 42 minutes
Psychoanalysis and Literature
Melvyn Bragg assesses the role of Freudian analysis in understanding literature.
2000-Nov-02 • 28 minutes
Evolutionary Psychology
Melvyn Bragg explores the basis and context for the ideas of Evolutionary Psychology.
2000-Oct-19 • 28 minutes
Laws of Nature
Melvyn Bragg considers whether what is true in physics is true in all areas of existence.
2000-Jun-29 • 43 minutes
Imagination and Consciousness
Melvyn Bragg investigates how neuroscience can explain the enigmas of consciousness.
2000-May-25 • 28 minutes
Chemical Elements
Melvyn Bragg explores chemistry's ongoing mission to understand irreducible substances.
2000-Apr-27 • 28 minutes
Human Origins
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the evolution of the human species.
2000-Apr-06 • 28 minutes
The Natural Order
Melvyn Bragg examines the science of taxonomy; the classification of the natural world.
2000-Feb-24 • 28 minutes
Grand Unified Theory
The 20th century pursuit in physics for the ultimate theory of everything.
2000-Feb-10 • 28 minutes
Goethe and the Science of the Enlightenment
Melvyn Bragg assesses the scientific legacy of the 18th century German poet Goethe.
2000-Jan-13 • 28 minutes
Information Technology
Melvyn Bragg explores the social and economic consequences of the information revolution.
2000-Jan-06 • 28 minutes
Climate Change
Melvyn Bragg examines predictions and solutions for global warming and rising sea levels.
1999-Dec-30 • 28 minutes
Time
Melvyn Bragg examines the history of mankind’s attempt to understand the nature of time.
1999-Dec-16 • 28 minutes
Medical Ethics
Melvyn Bragg examines the technological advances and ethics of modern medicine.
1999-Nov-25 • 28 minutes
Consciousness
Melvyn Bragg examines why ideas about consciousness preoccupy philosophers and scientists.
1999-Sep-23 • 28 minutes
Genetic Determinism
Melvyn Bragg explores the part genes play in our personalities.
1999-Jul-22 • 28 minutes
Pain
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the causes and our mechanisms of coping with pain.
1999-Jul-01 • 28 minutes
Intelligence
Melvyn Bragg explores the origins, manifestations and possibilities of intelligence.
1999-Jun-17 • 28 minutes
The Great Disruption
Melvyn Bragg looks at the 20th century shift from industrial to information society.
1999-May-27 • 28 minutes
Memory and Culture
Melvyn Bragg examines how our collective and individual ways of remembering have changed.
1999-May-20 • 28 minutes
The Universe's Origins
Melvyn Bragg examines the history of what we know about the origins of the universe.
1999-May-06 • 28 minutes
Mathematics
Melvyn Bragg examines the importance of mathematics in relation to other sciences.
1999-Apr-29 • 28 minutes
Artificial Intelligence
Melvyn Bragg examines whether we are near to achieving the thinking, feeling computer.
1999-Apr-15 • 28 minutes
Evolution
Melvyn Bragg examines the future of gene therapy and advances in evolutionary biology.
1999-Mar-18 • 28 minutes
Animal Experiments and Rights
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the role of animals in humankind’s search for knowledge.
1999-Feb-18 • 28 minutes
Space in Religion and Science
Melvyn Bragg looks at how cyberspace has introduced a new concept of space in our world.
1999-Feb-11 • 28 minutes
Language and the Mind
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss whether the formation of language is innate or cultural.
1999-Feb-04 • 28 minutes
Psychoanalysis and its Legacy
Melvyn Bragg examines the relevance of psychoanalysis at the end of the 20th century.
1999-Jan-28 • 28 minutes
Ageing
Melvyn Bragg looks at the ethical, economic and biological implications of living longer.
1999-Jan-14 • 28 minutes
Genetic Engineering
Melvyn Bragg examines the implications of the developments in genetic engineering.
1998-Dec-24 • 28 minutes
Neuroscience in the 20th century
Melvyn Bragg examines the little we know and what we don’t yet know about the brain.
1998-Nov-19 • 28 minutes
The Brain and Consciousness
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss our knowledge of memory and the functioning of the brain.
1998-Nov-05 • 28 minutes
Science in the 20th century
Melvyn Bragg examines how perceptions of science have changed in the 20th century.
1998-Oct-29 • 28 minutes
Science's Revelations
Melvyn Bragg examines whether science has ruined our sense of poetic wonder at the world.