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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Beautiful Minds, Series 1 Episode 1 of 3

Who are the modern men and women who will be remembered for the brilliance of their minds? What are their legacies and what can their extraordinary discoveries tell us about the nature of science and the nature of truth?

In the first of a three-part series, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell describes how she discovered pulsars, the by-products of supernova explosions which make all life in the universe possible. She describes the moments of despair and jubilation as the discovery unfolded and her excitement as pulsars took the scientific world by storm.

Profoundly reflective about the nature of scientific discovery, she shares her thoughts on the connections between religion and science and describes how she see science as a search for understanding rather than a quest for truth.

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1 hour

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Thu 21 Jun 2018 23:20


Role Contributor
ParticipantJocelyn Bell Burnell
DirectorJacqui Farnham
Series ProducerDiana Hill
Executive ProducerAnne Laking