Charles Darwin is an international celebrity, but Gregor Mendel holds the key to heredity.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the appeal and direction of 'New Atheism'.
Sarah Dunant looks through history to understand apparently irrational behaviour.
Businessman and academic, Adair Turner looks at the life of Charles Darwin.
Businessman and academic Adair Turner talks about the life of Charles Darwin.
Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent.
Darwin's early life in Shropshire and his three years at Cambridge.
Thomas Dixon explores the origins of the idea of friendships between humans and animals.
Dr Craig Venter on his own experiences as a collector, medic and geneticist.
Nikolaus Pevsner considers the 'Englishness' of the artist William Hogarth.
The great clash that occurred between Newton and Leibniz over the discovery of calculus.
Jules Evans explores what ancient philosophy can tell modern society about well-being.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of logic.
How the monarchy expresses power with displays of wealth and status.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the ancient philosophical school of Neoplatonism.
Greek philosopher Thales thought natural forces cause natural disasters, not acts of gods.
Michael Buerk presents combative, provocative and engaging debate.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans.
Edward Said examines the definition and role of intellectuals in the modern world.
Gyles Brandreth surveys the history of sentimentality, wondering whether to sneer or cheer
Peter White explores sex and marriage between disabled people.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the iconic Greek philosopher, Socrates.
Steven Poole argues that we should resist the idea that humans are irrational.
Francine Stock explores charismatic leaders, from Kellogg and Ford to Jobs and Restone.
Melvyn Bragg examines the role of British thinkers in the 18th century Enlightenment.
Melvyn Bragg examines the emergence and impact of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Giles Fraser on moral character and Aristotle's Virtue ethics
The image of the humanities academic, past and present, in the public imagination.
Alistair Cooke wonders what makes people favour athletic prowess over academic skill.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the role played by women in Enlightenment science.