Anne McElvoy explores how Thomas Carlyle reacted against the Industrial Revolution.
Charles Darwin is an international celebrity, but Gregor Mendel holds the key to heredity.
Albert Einstein develops a theory of relativity with some help from his shaving mirror.
Roger Parker, Flora Willson and Semyon Bychkov explore Verdi's attitude to religion.
Professor Kathy Sykes nominates Albert Einstein.
Scientist and broadcaster Kathy Sykes chooses the iconic physicist, Albert Einstein.
Michael Berkeley's guest is pianist Alfred Brendel.
Alison Goldfrapp on the chaos and order of Ligeti's Atmosphères
Charles Hazlewood explores pieces by Strauss and Respighi inspired by music from the past.
A re-examination of George Kennan's 1957 Reith Lectures, 'Russia, the Atom and the West'.
Architects Richard Rogers and Norman Foster discuss their 50-year friendship
Melvyn Bragg discusses the original Iron Chancellor, Otto Von Bismarck.
Neil MacGregor charts the career of Otto von Bismarck, known as the Iron Chancellor.
The story of how three trips to South America in the 1950s changed Pierre Boulez's life.
Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's String Quartet No 3 in B flat, Op 67.
Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's challenging Violin Concerto.
Stephen Johnson explores Brahms' Second Symphony, with a performance by the BBCNOW.
Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's Symphony No 4, with excerpts and a complete performance.
Stephen Johnson explores Brahms's Fourth Symphony.
How the Gaussian or normal distribution underpins modern medicine.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Gauss, one of the great mathematicians.
Businessman and academic, Adair Turner looks at the life of Charles Darwin.
Businessman and academic Adair Turner talks about the life of Charles Darwin.
Acclaimed critic Sir Christopher Ricks discusses his passion for T. S. Eliot.
Literary critic Christopher Ricks on the annotated poems of T. S. Eliot.
A portrait of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.
How a country doctor from Prussia traced the life cycle of an anthrax bacteria cell.
Conductor Daniel Barenboim points a way forward for everyone through music.
Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent.
Darwin's early life in Shropshire and his three years at Cambridge.