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Everything and Nothing (BBC Documentary)

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to these questions as he explores the true size and shape of the universe and delves into the amazing science behind apparent nothingness.

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Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony: The Mind of God (BBC – Horizon)

March 29, 2011 Leave a comment

As Albert Einstein lay on his deathbed, he asked only for his glasses, his writing implements and his latest equations. He knew he was dying, yet he continued his work. In those final hours of his life, while fading in and out of consciousness, he was working on what he hoped would be his greatest work of all. It was a project of monumental complexity. It was a project that he hoped would unlock the mind of God.

Greatest Chemistry Discoveries

March 3, 2011 Leave a comment

1. Oxygen (1770s)
2. Atomic Theory (1808)
3. Atoms Combine Into Molecules (1811 onward)
4. Synthesis of Urea (1828)
5. Chemical Structure (1850s)
6. Periodic Table of the Elements (1860s — 1870s)
7. Electricity Transforms Chemicals (1807 — 1810)
8. The Electron (1897)
9. Electrons for Chemical Bonds (1913 onward)
10. Atoms Have Signatures of Light (1850s)
11. Radioactivity (1890s — 1900s)
12. Plastics (1869 and 1900s)
13. Fullerenes (1985)

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Technology: World War 2.0 (Wired Science)

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

How was one country shut down by an Internet attack?

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Dangerous Knowledge (BBC Documentary)

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

In this documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians – Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing – whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide.

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Science Under Attack (Horizon – BBC)

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse examines why science appears to be under attack, and why public trust in key scientific theories has been eroded.

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The Great Global Warming Swindle

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

he Great Global Warming Swindle is a polemical documentary film that suggests that the scientific opinion on climate change is influenced by funding and political factors, and questions whether scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming exists.

The film’s basic premise is that the current scientific opinion on the anthropogenic causes of global warming has numerous scientific flaws, and that vested monetary interests in the scientific establishment and the media discourage the public and the scientific community from acknowledging or even debating this. The film asserts that the publicised scientific consensus is the product of a “global warming activist industry” driven by a desire for research funding. Other culprits, according to the film, are Western environmentalists promoting expensive solar and wind power over cheap fossil fuels in Africa, resulting in African countries being held back from industrialising.

The film won best documentary at the 2007 Io Isabella International Film Week.

The Illusion of reality (BBC Four)

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores how studying the atom forced us to rethink the nature of reality itself. He discovers that there might be parallel universes in which different versions of us exist, finds out that empty space isn’t empty at all, and investigates the differences in our perception of the world in the universe and the reality.

Post-Oil (Crosstalk – Russia Today)

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

What is, or should be, our energy future? Should we embrace green technology to replace our current addiction to carbon fuels? (Though there are those who believe this an unrealistic scam at the moment). Is the future path nuclear energy, considered by many as far safer today than a generation ago? A combination of both? Or is oil the only real answer for the near and medium term?

The End of God? A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

As the Pope ends his visit to Britain, historian Dr Thomas Dixon delves into the BBC’s archive to explore the troubled relationship between religion and science. From the creationists of America to the physicists of the Large Hadron Collider, he traces the expansion of scientific knowledge and asks whether there is still room for God in the modern world.

The relationship between science and religion has been long and troubled: from the condemnation of Galileo by the Catholic Church in 17th century Italy, through the clashes between creationism and evolution in 20th century America, right up to recent claims that the universe does not need God.