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Beautiful Equations

Art critic Matt Collings explores the most famous equations in science and realises that concepts of beauty and elegance have been used by many scientists to advance their work.

Artist and writer Matt Collings takes the plunge into an alien world of equations. He asks top scientists to help him understand five of the most famous equations in science, talks to Stephen Hawking about his equation for black holes and comes face to face with a particle of anti-matter.

Along the way he discovers why Newton was right about those falling apples and how to make sense of E=mc2. As he gets to grips with these equations he wonders whether the concept of artistic beauty has any relevance to the world of physics.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 7 Dec 2018 00:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:49

    Roy Orbison

    You Got It


Role Contributor
Presenter Matt Collings
Producer Andrew Thompson
Director Andrew Thompson
Executive Producer Greg Lanning