Surprising stories from the history of science told by Naomi Alderman and Philip Ball.
Tue 10 Sep 2019
Philip Ball tells the tale of Alexis Carrel's immortal chicken heart.
Tue 3 Sep 2019
Philip Ball tells the story of Ramon Llull, the medieval prophet of computer science.
Tue 27 Aug 2019
Lindsey Fitzharris tells the story of Ignaz Semmelweiss, the hand washer.
Wed 9 Jan 2019
Philip Ball's story is of Ibn al-Haytham, the first scientist, and how we see.
Wed 2 Jan 2019
Naomi Alderman on how Lady Mary Montagu used her own child to prove smallpox inoculation.
Boxing Day 2018
Philip Ball's tale is of Kepler's Snowflakes, a New Year's gift and of crystallography.
Wed 19 Dec 2018
Naomi Alderman's story is of Lucretius, sheep and atoms
Wed 12 Dec 2018
Philip Ball tells the story of Arthur Eddington's confirmation of general relativity.
Wed 11 Jul 2018
Naomi Alderman tells the story of Mary Anning, who discovered many important fossils.
Wed 4 Jul 2018
Naomi Alderman's story is of Hypatia - the mathematician murdered by a mob in Alexandria.
Wed 27 Jun 2018
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th century to tell the story of Descartes' 'daughter'.
Wed 20 Jun 2018
Philip Ball tells the story of German chemist Friedrich Wöhler's creation of urea.
Wed 13 Jun 2018
Philip Ball reveals the real Cyrano de Bergerac and his 17th-century spaceship.
Wed 3 Feb 2016
Phillip Ball finds out what happened when Einstein decided to fix the fridge.
Wed 27 Jan 2016
Margaret Cavendish and the birth of the scientific method.
Wed 20 Jan 2016
The riddle of the 19th-century French meteorite that carried a secret for 100 years.
Wed 13 Jan 2016
How an eel sparked our interest in electricity.
Wed 6 Jan 2016
The magical world of Conelis Drebbel, inventor of the first submarine in 1621.
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