Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin nominates dramatist and architect Sir John Vanbrugh
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th century to tell the story of Descartes' 'daughter'.
Dr Geoff Bunn on Descartes' contribution to our understanding of the brain
James Naughtie profiles the haunting artist of suffering, pain and death.
Bobby Friction champions the Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei.
Galileo's lost letter questions how he challenged the Church. With Philip Ball.
George Fox, founder of the Quakers, nominated by Ann Limb
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the origins of Quakerism.
Historian Justin Champion on 17th-century polymath Francis Bacon.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
Nikolaus Pevsner considers the 'Englishness' of the artist William Hogarth.
Philip Ball examines the occult influences on Isaac Newton's work on invisible forces.
Did Newton's theory of gravity really come to him after seeing an apple fall?
Anne McElvoy tours 300 years of British liberalism, starting with rebel thinker John Locke
Malmesbury in Wiltshire aims to establish itself as the country's 'Philosophy Town'.
Melvyn Bragg examines the life of glittering Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe.
Melvyn Bragg examines both the literary and political careers of the poet John Milton.
Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of the French thinker Blaise Pascal.
Paul Broks asks how we can be sure we are the same person that we were yesterday.
Lucie Skeaping hears music written for Pepys, played for the first time since his death.
Philosopher Barry Smith explores ideas about consciousness.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the pioneering scientist Robert Boyle.
What we learn from the Samuel Pepys exhibition at the National Maritime Museum
Ellie Cawthorne compares a student diary from 1690 to an undergraduate blog from 2015.
How Newton tested the lines between government-funded research and public access.
Steven Pinker joins Matthew Parris to discuss the life of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
Criminologist David Wilson looks at Thomas Hobbes and his 'social contract' theory.
What made Newton tick?