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The Universe in a Snowflake

Professor Brian Cox reveals how Earth's beauty is created by just a handful of forces. In this episode Brian looks at the stunning diversity of shapes.

Brian uncovers how the stunning diversity of shapes in the natural world are shadows of the rules that govern the universe. In Spain, he shows how an attempt by hundreds of people to build the highest human tower reveals the force that shapes our planet.

In Nepal, honey hunters seek out giant beehives that cling to cliff walls. The perfect hexagonal honeycombs made by the bees to store their honey conceal a mathematical rule.

Off the coast of Canada, Brian explains how some of the most irregular, dangerous shapes in nature - massive icebergs that surge down from Greenland and into shipping lanes of the Atlantic - emerge from a powerful yet infinitely small force of nature. Even the most delicate six-sided snowflake tells a story of the forces of nature that forged it.

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Fri 19 Jan 2018 02:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Brian Cox
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen
Series Producer Danielle Peck
Producer Matthew Dyas
Director Matthew Dyas

Broadcasts

  • Mon 4 Jul 2016 21:00
  • Mon 4 Jul 2016 22:40
  • Tue 5 Jul 2016 23:50
  • Wed 6 Jul 2016 00:40
  • Wed 6 Jul 2016 00:50
  • Sat 9 Jul 2016 21:00
  • Sat 23 Jul 2016 02:00
  • Thu 18 Jan 2018 21:00
  • Fri 19 Jan 2018 02:00

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