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Series 10 - 2. Organ Donation and Newborn Babies

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  1. Absolute Zero

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss absolute zero, the theoretical lowest possible temperature

  2. Ada Lovelace

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ada Lovelace - the Victorian ‘enchantress of numbers’.

  3. Ageing

    Melvyn Bragg looks at the ethical, economic and biological implications of living longer.

  4. Ageing the Earth

    Melvyn Bragg examines the age of the Earth and its division into four great Eons.

  5. Alchemy

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alchemy, the ancient science of transformations.

  6. Anaesthetics

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of anaesthetics.

  7. Anatomy

    The 2000 year old history of mankind's quest to understand the human body.

  8. Animal Experiments and Rights

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the role of animals in humankind’s search for knowledge.

  9. Antarctica

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the Antarctic and its exploration.

  10. Antimatter

    Melvyn Bragg discusses Antimatter in particle physics and cosmology.

  11. Archimedes

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the Greek mathematician Archimedes and his famous cry of “eureka!”

  12. Artificial Intelligence

    Melvyn Bragg investigates artificial intelligence; can a computer imitate the human mind?

  13. Artificial Intelligence

    Melvyn Bragg examines whether we are near to achieving the thinking, feeling computer.

  14. Asteroids

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the unique properties of asteroids.

  15. Astronomy and Empire

    Melvyn Bragg examines the relationship between astronomy and British Imperial expansion.

  16. Baconian Science

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.

  17. Black Holes

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Black Holes, the ghosts of massive stars.

  18. Blood

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss blood, from medical progress to the link to the divine.

  19. Calculus

    The dispute between Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz over who invented calculus.

  20. Carbon

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss carbon, which forms the basis of all organic life.

  21. Chance and Design

    Melvyn Bragg explores the question and theories of a grand design in the universe.

  22. Chaos Theory

    Melvyn Bragg examines how Chaos Theory has affected our understanding of the universe.

  23. Chemical Elements

    Melvyn Bragg explores chemistry's ongoing mission to understand irreducible substances.

  24. Climate Change

    Melvyn Bragg examines predictions and solutions for global warming and rising sea levels.

  25. Comets

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss comets, the 'dirty snowballs' of the solar system.

  26. Complexity

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss complexity theory.

  27. Conductors and Semiconductors

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the physics of electrical conduction.

  28. Consciousness

    Melvyn Bragg examines why ideas about consciousness preoccupy philosophers and scientists.

  29. Cosmic Rays

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss cosmic rays.

  30. Cryptography

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins and history of codes.

  31. Crystallography

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history and achievements of crystallography.

  32. Dark Energy

    Melvyn Bragg examines recently discovered 'dark energy' and its effect on the universe.

  33. Darwin: Life After Origins

    Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent.

  34. Darwin: On the Origin of Species

    How Darwin was eventually persuaded to publish On the Origin of Species in November 1859.

  35. Darwin: On the Origins of Charles Darwin

    Darwin's early life in Shropshire and his three years at Cambridge.

  36. Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle

    How Darwin's work during the Beagle expedition influenced his theories.

  37. Dreams

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the function and interpretation of dreams.

  38. Drugs

    Melvyn Bragg examines the role of narcotics and stimulants in the history of medicine.

  39. Early Geology

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the emergence of geology as a scientific discipline.

  40. Ediacara Biota

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Ediacara Biota.

  41. Electrickery

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the dawn of the age of electricity.

  42. Evolution

    Melvyn Bragg examines the future of gene therapy and advances in evolutionary biology.

  43. Evolutionary Psychology

    Melvyn Bragg explores the basis and context for the ideas of Evolutionary Psychology.

  44. Exoplanets

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets.

  45. Extra Terrestrials

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss our chances of ever discovering life on another planet.

  46. Fermat's Last Theorem

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Fermat's Last Theorem.

  47. Fossils

    The significance of fossils in history and the impact of techniques in understanding them.

  48. Galaxies

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the creation and destruction of galaxies.

  49. Game Theory

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss game theory, the mathematical study of decision-making

  50. Genetic Determinism

    Melvyn Bragg explores the part genes play in our personalities.

  51. Genetic Engineering

    Melvyn Bragg examines the implications of the developments in genetic engineering.

  52. Genetic Mutation

    Melvyn Bragg discusses mutation in genetics and evolution.

  53. Genetics

    Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the development of the science of genetics.

  54. Godel's Incompleteness Theorems

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the mathematician Kurt Godel and his work.

  55. Goethe and the Science of the Enlightenment

    Melvyn Bragg assesses the scientific legacy of the 18th century German poet Goethe.

  56. Grand Unified Theory

    The 20th century pursuit in physics for the ultimate theory of everything.

  57. Gravitational Waves

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the physics of Gravitational Waves.

  58. Heat

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of scientific ideas about Heat.

  59. Higgs Boson

    The history of the quest to find the Higgs Boson, also known as the 'God Particle'.

  60. History as Science

    Melvyn Bragg examines the importance of geography and ecology in shaping world history.

  61. Human Evolution

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the six million year old story of human evolution.

  62. Human Nature

    Melvyn Bragg examines whether our natures are innate or defined by unbringing.

  63. Human Origins

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the evolution of the human species.

  64. Humboldt

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Prussian naturalist and explorer, Alexander Von Humboldt.

  65. Hysteria

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how emotional experiences can become physical symptoms.

  66. Imaginary Numbers

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss imaginary numbers.

  67. Imagination

    Melvyn Bragg investigates the creatives forces of the imagination.

  68. Imagination and Consciousness

    Melvyn Bragg investigates how neuroscience can explain the enigmas of consciousness.

  69. Immunisation

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the search for immunisation and its impact on society.

  70. Imperial Science

    Melvyn Bragg examines whether agriculture or trade drove 19th century British imperialism.

  71. Indian Mathematics

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 5000 year long story of Indian Maths.

  72. Infinity

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the nature and existence of mathematical infinity.

  73. Information Technology

    Melvyn Bragg explores the social and economic consequences of the information revolution.

  74. Intelligence

    Melvyn Bragg explores the origins, manifestations and possibilities of intelligence.

  75. Jung

    The extraordinary mind and theories of the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung.

  76. Lamarck and Natural Selection

    Melvyn Bragg discusses Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the 18th century French precursor to Darwin.

  77. Language and the Mind

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss whether the formation of language is innate or cultural.

  78. Laws of Nature

    Melvyn Bragg considers whether what is true in physics is true in all areas of existence.

  79. Logic

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of logic.

  80. Logical Positivism

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the radical philosophy of the Vienna Circle.

  81. Lysenkoism

    Melvyn Bragg examines the destructive career of the Soviet geneticist Trofim Lysenko.

  82. Macromolecules

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the giant molecules that underpin all life.

  83. Magnetism

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history and mysterious force of magnetism.

  84. Mammals

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise of the mammals which began 65 million years ago.

  85. Man and Disease

    Melvyn Bragg examines how humans have understood and fought disease throughout history.

  86. Mars

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the planet Mars, a source of endless fascination in human history

  87. Mathematics

    Melvyn Bragg examines the importance of mathematics in relation to other sciences.

  88. Mathematics and Platonism

    Melvyn Bragg examines whether mathematics is a process of invention or of discovery.

  89. Maxwell

    The work and legacy of the often overlooked 19th century scientist James Clerk Maxwell.

  90. Medical Ethics

    Melvyn Bragg examines the technological advances and ethics of modern medicine.

  91. Memory

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the function and significance of memory.

  92. Memory and Culture

    Melvyn Bragg examines how our collective and individual ways of remembering have changed.

  93. Meteorology

    Melvyn Bragg explores the fascinating and mystifying science of meteorology.

  94. Microbiology

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the history of microbiology, the study of microscopic life.

  95. Nature

    Melvyn Bragg examines the attempt to define humanity’s part in the natural world.

  96. Negative Numbers

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss negative numbers, a history of mystery and suspicion.

  97. Neuroscience

    Melvyn Bragg examines neuroscience, the relationship between the mind and the brain.

  98. Neuroscience in the 20th century

    Melvyn Bragg examines the little we know and what we don’t yet know about the brain.

  99. Nuclear Physics

    Melvyn Bragg examines the 20th century development of nuclear physics as a science.

  100. Oceanography

    Melvyn Bragg explores what science has revealed, and we still don't know, about the sea.

  101. Optics

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the history of the science of optics

  102. Oxygen

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the discovery of Oxygen by Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier.

  103. Pain

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the causes and our mechanisms of coping with pain.

  104. Pascal

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of the French thinker Blaise Pascal.

  105. Perception and the Senses

    Melvyn Bragg examines perception: how the brain reacts to the mass of data crowding it.

  106. Photosynthesis

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss photosynthesis.

  107. Pi

    Melvyn Bragg examines the history of the longest and most detailed number in nature.

  108. Pitt-Rivers

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Victorian archaeologist Augustus Pitt-Rivers.

  109. Plate Tectonics

    Melvyn Bragg examines plate tectonics, a theory that transformed our idea of the earth.

  110. Pliny's Natural History

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Pliny's Natural History, one of the first encyclopedias.

  111. Popper

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the Anglo-Austrian philosopher Karl Popper.

  112. Prime Numbers

    Melvyn Bragg examines prime numbers and their mysterious role in the universe of numbers.

  113. Probability

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the strange mathematics of probability.

  114. Psychoanalysis and Democracy

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the impact of politics on psychoanalysis.

  115. Psychoanalysis and its Legacy

    Melvyn Bragg examines the relevance of psychoanalysis at the end of the 20th century.

  116. Psychoanalysis and Literature

    Melvyn Bragg assesses the role of Freudian analysis in understanding literature.

  117. Pythagoras

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans.

  118. Quantum Gravity

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 20th century attempts to understand the Quantum world.

  119. Radiation

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the discovery of radiation, from radio waves to gamma rays

  120. Relativity

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Einstein's theory of relativity.

  121. Renaissance Astrology

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Renaissance Astrology.

  122. Renaissance Magic

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Renaissance obsession with Magic.

  123. Renaissance Maths

    Melvyn Bragg explores Renaissance Mathematics, when maths moved from an art to a science.

  124. Rutherford

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear science.

  125. Science and Religion

    Melvyn Bragg explores the areas of conflict and agreement between science and religion.

  126. Science in the 20th century

    Melvyn Bragg examines how perceptions of science have changed in the 20th century.

  127. Science's Revelations

    Melvyn Bragg examines whether science has ruined our sense of poetic wonder at the world.

  128. Space in Religion and Science

    Melvyn Bragg looks at how cyberspace has introduced a new concept of space in our world.

  129. States of Matter

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the states of matter, from solids to plasmas.

  130. Symmetry

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the idea of symmetry in art and nature.

  131. The Age of the Universe

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the age of the Universe.

  132. The Brain

    The history of cultural, medical, artistic and philosophical ideas about the human brain.

  133. The Brain and Consciousness

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss our knowledge of memory and the functioning of the brain.

  134. The Calendar

    Melvyn Bragg explores the ancient origins of our Gregorian calendar.

  135. The Cambrian Period

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Cambrian period, when there was an explosion of life on Earth.

  136. The Cavendish Family in Science

    Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the scientific achievements of the Cavendish family.

  137. The Cell

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the biology and origins of the cell.

  138. The Cool Universe

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Cool Universe.

  139. The Earth's Origins

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the origins of the Earth.

  140. The Eye

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas about the eye and how it works.

  141. The Fibonacci Sequence

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the mathematical and cultural mysteries of the Fibonacci Sequence.

  142. The Four Humours

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the four humours in medical history.

  143. The Geological Formation of Britain

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the geological formation of Britain.

  144. The Graviton

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the search for the Graviton particle in physics.

  145. The Great Disruption

    Melvyn Bragg looks at the 20th century shift from industrial to information society.

  146. The Heart

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas about the heart.

  147. The Hippocratic Oath

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Hippocratic Oath.

  148. The Infant Brain

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss what new research reveals about the infant brain.

  149. The Invention of Radio

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the invention of radio.

  150. The Jesuits

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the Jesuits, “the school masters of Europe”.

  151. The KT Boundary

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the KT Boundary and the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  152. The Laws of Motion

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion.

  153. The Library of Alexandria

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Library of Alexandria.

  154. The Life of Stars

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life cycle of stars.

  155. The Lunar Society

    Melvyn Bragg examines an 18th century group of pioneering scientists and engineers.

  156. The Measurement of Time

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the measurement of time.

  157. The Measurement Problem in Physics

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the measurement problem in physics.

  158. The Microscope

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the development of the microscope.

  159. The Multiverse

    Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the Multiverse.

  160. The Music of the Spheres

    Melvyn Bragg explores the ancient astrological idea of the music of the spheres.

  161. The Natural Order

    Melvyn Bragg examines the science of taxonomy; the classification of the natural world.

  162. The Neanderthals

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the evolution and characteristics of the Neanderthals.

  163. The Needham Question

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Needham Question; why Europe, not China made modern technology.

  164. The Neutrino

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the neutrino, the so-called 'ghost particle'.

  165. The Observatory at Jaipur

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the observatory at Jaipur.

  166. The Origins of Life

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss when and how life on earth originated.

  167. The Permian-Triassic Boundary

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the Permian-Triassic boundary in evolutionary history.

  168. The Physics of Reality

    Melvyn Bragg examines the attempt to reconcile Quantum Theory and classical physics.

  169. The Physics of Time

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the physics of time.

  170. The Planets

    Melvyn Bragg examines our knowledge of the planets in both our and other solar systems.

  171. The Poincaré Conjecture

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss a puzzle that may explain the shape of the universe.

  172. The Royal Society

    The history of the formation of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy.

  173. The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 1

    Melvyn Bragg travels to Oxford, where the young Christopher Wren and friends experimented.

  174. The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 2

    How Newton tested the lines between government-funded research and public access.

  175. The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 3

    The 19th century blooms scientifically with numerous alternative, specialist societies.

  176. The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 4

    The more discreet role played by the Society in the 20th century.

  177. The Scientific Method

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Scientific Method.

  178. The Scientist

    Melvyn Bragg explores the origin of the concept and the historical role of the scientist.

  179. The Second Law of Thermodynamics

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Second Law of Thermodynamics from steam to the Big Bang.

  180. The Speed of Light

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the speed of light, lynchpin of Einstein’s universe.

  181. The Universe's Origins

    Melvyn Bragg examines the history of what we know about the origins of the universe.

  182. The Universe's Shape

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the shape, size and topology of the universe.

  183. The Vacuum of Space

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Vacuum of Space.

  184. The Whale - A History

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the evolutionary history of the whale.

  185. Theories of Everything

    Melvyn Bragg explores the 30 year search to solve all the biggest questions in physics.

  186. Thomas Edison

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the American technological pioneer Thomas Edison.

  187. Time

    Melvyn Bragg examines the history of mankind’s attempt to understand the nature of time.

  188. Vitalism

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 18th and 19th century quest for the spark of life.

  189. Vulcanology

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the formation and eruption of volcanoes.

  190. Water

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss water, one of the most remarkable of all molecules.

  191. Women and Enlightenment Science

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the role played by women in Enlightenment science.

  192. Zero

    Melvyn Bragg examines the number between 1 and -1, once denounced as the devil's work.

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