Art historian Edgar Wind explores the effect of turmoil on creativity.
Edgar Wind: Art and Anarchy: 1960 homepage
The biologist Peter Medawar examines how humans might continue to evolve in the future.
Peter Medawar: The Future of Man: 1959 homepage
Professor Bernard Lovell examines the history of inquiry into the origins of the universe.
Bernard Lovell: The Individual and the Universe: 1958 homepage
The American diplomat George Kennan examines relations between Russia and the West.
George Kennan: Russia, the Atom and the West: 1957 homepage
Physicist and Nobel-prize winner Edward Appleton examines scientific activity in Britain.
Edward Appleton: Science and the Nation: 1956 homepage
Historian Nikolaus Pevsner considers some of the defining characteristics of English art.
Nikolaus Pevsner: The Englishness of English Art: 1955 homepage
The civil servant Oliver Franks considers Britain's changing political relationships.
Oliver Franks: Britain and the Tide of World Affairs: 1954 homepage
Robert Oppenheimer examines the impact of quantum and atomic theory on society.
Robert Oppenheimer: Science and the Common Understanding: 1953 homepage
The historian Arnold Toynbee considers how non-westerners view the western world.
Arnold Toynbee: The World and the West: 1952 homepage
The lawyer Lord Radcliffe examines the features of democratic society.
Cyril Radcliffe: Power and the State: 1951 homepage
Neurophysiologist J Z Young examines the scientific methods used to understand the brain.
John Zachary Young: Doubt and Certainty in Science: 1950 homepage
Robert Birley considers the history and future of Britain's involvement with Europe.
Robert Birley: Britain in Europe: Reflections on the Development of a European Society: 1949 homepage
Philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell gives the inaugural Reith lecture series.
Bertrand Russell: Authority and the Individual: 1948 homepage
An animated explanation of black holes from the world’s most famous physicist.
Professor Stephen Hawking delivers the first of his BBC Reith Lectures on black holes.
Professor Stephen Hawking delivers the second of his BBC Reith Lectures on black holes.
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
A short animated journey into the mind of the world’s most famous physicist.