Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus.
James Naughtie profiles the haunting artist of suffering, pain and death.
Historian Justin Champion on 17th-century polymath Francis Bacon.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss astronomer Johannes Kepler.
Philip Ball's tale is of Kepler's Snowflakes, a New Year's gift and of crystallography.
Neil MacGregor examines how Luther created the modern German language.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss how Martin Luther affected the course of the Reformation.
The 16th century witnessed the birth of a new kind of natural philosophy and medicine.
Chris Bowlby explores how the Reformation shaped German culture and what it means today.
How a dying man's book demoted the earth and reconstructed the universe.
Copernicus had the crazy idea that the Earth was not at the centre of the universe.
Tycho Brahe realised that the heavens change, and that a planet's orbit could be predicted