Sue Perkins and Tom Service explore Beethoven's colossal symphonic legacy.
Lisa Jardine describes how Britain's desire to build an empire promoted botany.
Andrew Parker explains why Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is his Natural History Hero.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and influence of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
An exploration of Beethoven's first and last sonatas for cello and piano.
Stephen Johnson and the BBCSO with Grant Llewellyn explore Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
Stephen Johnson explores Beethoven's String Quartet in A minor, Op 132.
Stephen Johnson explores Beethoven's Third Symphony in E flat, the Eroica.
Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto chooses the philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
Dr Geoff Bunn on Descartes' contribution to our understanding of the brain
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th century to tell the story of Descartes' 'daughter'.
Allan Little discusses the Enlightenment's relevance for countries outside the west.
How the invention of writing made the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment possible.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Frederick II, king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786.
Michael Goldfarb tells the story of Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
Melvyn Bragg assesses the scientific legacy of the 18th century German poet Goethe.
Stephen Johnson unpicks Haydn's Symphonies Nos 22 and 92.
Charles Hazlewood explores Haydn's Symphony No. 100 'The Military'.
Nikolaus Pevsner considers the 'Englishness' of the artist William Hogarth.
The great clash that occurred between Newton and Leibniz over the discovery of calculus.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the difference between right and wrong, according to Kant.
Tony Hill looks at the genesis of five important inventions that were ahead of their time.
Reverend Norman explores who the 'Ministers of Change' are in society.
A defence of general knowledge by two stars from the last series of University Challenge.
Andsnes discusses devoting himself to one composer for four years.
Philosopher Barry Smith explores ideas about consciousness.
David Attenborough nominates the largely forgotten 17th-century inventor and illustrator.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss 17th-century scientist Robert Hooke.
Charles Hazlewood reveals how dance music has inspired great works of the concert hall.
Damian Barr talks to the legendary Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires.
Page 1 of 2