The Birth of Photography
How William Fox Talbot captured a moment in time. Read more
How William Fox Talbot captured a moment in time.
Pavlov and his Dogs
Naomi Alderman tells the story of Pavlov and his selectively drooling dogs.
The Medieval Bishop's Big Bang Theory
Philip Ball on a very modern medieval Big Bang Theory forged by a 13th-century bishop.
The Anglo-Saxon remedy that kills MRSA
Naomi Alderman opens the pages of medieval recipe books to find antimicrobial salves.
The Man Who Found Physics in Shells, Seeds and Bees
The man who put maths into biology and saw physics in shells, seeds and bees 100 years ago
Caroline Herschel and the Comets
Naomi Alderman tells the story of 18th-century comet spotter and singer Caroline Herschel.
A wolf, a goat and some cabbages
Philip Ball dives into the Dark Ages to reveal the author of the river crossing riddle.
The Wondrous Transformation of Caterpillars
How a 13-year-old girl mapped metamorphosis in the 1600s. Naomi Alderman presents.
Lise Meitner: Humanitarian physicist who unlocked the science of the atom bomb
Lise Meitner, the humanitarian physicist who unlocked the science of the atom bomb.
How Humphry Davy discovered laughing gas
Naomi Alderman describes how Humphry Davy discovered laughing gas.
Michael Faraday and his 'instructess' in chemistry
Philip Ball tells the story of Michael Faraday and his 'first instructess' in chemistry.
17th-Century Space Flight: The Real Cyrano de Bergerac
Philip Ball reveals the real Cyrano de Bergerac and his 17th-century spaceship.
Urea and the Wohler Myth
Philip Ball tells the story of German chemist Friedrich Wöhler's creation of urea.
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th century to tell the story of Descartes' 'daughter'.
Hypatia: The Murdered Mathematician
Naomi Alderman's story is of Hypatia - the mathematician murdered by a mob in Alexandria.
Mary Anning and Fossil Hunting
Naomi Alderman tells the story of Mary Anning, who discovered many important fossils.
Eddington's Eclipse and Einstein's Celebrity
Philip Ball tells the story of Arthur Eddington's confirmation of general relativity.
Lucretius, Sheep and Atoms
Naomi Alderman's story is of Lucretius, sheep and atoms
Philip Ball's tale is of Kepler's Snowflakes, a New Year's gift and of crystallography.
Lady Mary Montagu's Smallpox Experiment
Naomi Alderman on how Lady Mary Montagu used her own child to prove smallpox inoculation.
Ibn al-Haytham and How We See
Philip Ball's story is of Ibn al-Haytham, the first scientist, and how we see.
Galileo's lost letter
Galileo's lost letter questions how he challenged the Church. With Philip Ball.
Madame Lavoisier's Translation of Oxygen
Philip Ball tells the story of Madame Lavoisier, the translator of oxygen.
Ignaz Semmelweiss: The Hand Washer
Lindsey Fitzharris tells the story of Ignaz Semmelweiss, the hand washer.
Ramon Llull: the medieval prophet of computer science
Philip Ball tells the story of Ramon Llull, the medieval prophet of computer science.
Alexis Carrel and the immortal chicken heart
Philip Ball tells the tale of Alexis Carrel's immortal chicken heart.
Mary Somerville, pioneer of popular science writing
Naomi Alderman tells the story of Mary Somerville, pioneer of popular science writing
Sophia Jex-Blake, first woman doctor in Scotland
Naomi Alderman tells the story of Sophia Jex-Blake, first woman doctor in Scotland
Isaac Newton and the story of the apple
Did Newton's theory of gravity really come to him after seeing an apple fall?