Albert Einstein

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Duration: 1 hour

In the second episode of this six-part science series, Dara O Briain and his team of experts take us on a mind-altering journey around theoretical physics, with a look at the father of modern physics himself, Albert Einstein.

Dara finds out if you can measure the speed of light using cheese on toast, while physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski hunts down Einstein's elusive gravitational waves, which have been mystifying scientists for years.

Plus, resident materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes a fridge apart, special guest Marcus Brigstocke attempts to get to grips with dark energy and some of the biggest brains in science are brought to bear on the eternal problem of tangled earphone wires.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain's Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world's foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

  • Q&A: Space science

    Dr Tara Shears

    Dr Tara Shears, an expert on the conditions that existed moments after the Big Bang, tackles your questions:

  • BBC News: Does big money equal better science?

    The search for the Higgs boson using the Large Hadron Collider at Cern has taken years of research and cost billions.

    It is a prime example of big money being spent on fundamental research into scientific principles, that critics say provides no answers to the problems the world faces today.

    In these austere times and with government money being used to fund the project, is funding better spent on solving practical problems?

    Read the full article at BBC News

     

  • Professor Janna Levin

    Janna Levin

    Dara's guest expert for Episode 2 is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her scientific research concerns the early universe, chaos and black holes.

    More about Janna Levin

Credits

Series Editor
Nigel Paterson
Series Editor
Nigel Paterson
Presenter
Dara O Briain
Presenter
Dara O Briain
Participant
Alok Jha
Participant
Alok Jha
Participant
Mark Miodownik
Participant
Mark Miodownik
Participant
Helen Czerski
Participant
Helen Czerski
Participant
Marcus Brigstocke
Participant
Marcus Brigstocke
Participant
Janna Levin
Participant
Janna Levin
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer
Andrew Cohen
Series Producer
Kaye Godleman
Series Producer
Kaye Godleman
Production Manager
Roger Houston
Production Manager
Roger Houston

Broadcasts

Why does a magnetised needle face north?

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Mark demonstrates how to magnetise a needle in order to create your own working compass.

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