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Absolute Zero

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Man’s progress is typically glorified as the mastery of heat. Of molten metal. Of factories, cities, rockets, electricty and light. The sun and the stars. The less glamourous end of the temperature scale gets less attention, but has been just as responsible for the growth of human civilisation. Without refrigeration, for example, modern society could […]

The Story of Earth

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An exhilarating 90 minute special from National Geoprahic this epic documentary uses stunning graphics to tell our planet’s amazing story. The only home to life in the universe that we know of, what is that makes our planet so special? Earth was a very different place 4 billion years ago as it coalesced from hails of […]

Richard Feynman: Fun To Imagine

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In this 1983 BBC series, Richard Feynman looks at the mysterious forces that make ordinary things happen. “why rubber bands are stretchy, why tennis balls can’t bounce forever, and what you’re really seeing when you look in the mirror.” All six bite-size videos in the series are available in the playlist below, some in multiple […]

Discovering Deep Space

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Visually striking BBC documentary on the exciting advances in telescopes that are helping us to see our universe in ever more detail. From the VLT in Chile’s Atacama desert, to NASA’s space based telescopes, these massive collaborative projects bring together scientists, across many different disciplines, to overcome the immense technical challenges inherent in enhancing our […]

Margot Gerritsen – Mathematics Gives You Wings

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Airplanes, yachts and fast cars. Margot Gerritsen has helped design them all. The Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford, here describes her varied and exciting career to date, working on the design of modern airplanes, yachts, trucks and cars through her expertise in mathematical and computational modeling of energy and fluid flow processes. She […]

Lisa Randall (Big Think Interview)

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Lisa Randall is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Harvard University and one of the most cited and respected scientists working today. Her extraordinary and prolific career has seen her become the first tenured female theoretical physicist at three of the world’s greatest universities – Harvard, Princeton and MIT – as well as the bestselling author […]

Brian Greene – The Illusion of Time

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Brian Greene‘s excellent 2011 adaptation of his book, the Fabric of the Cosmos, resulted in a 4-part series for PBS Nova. In this episode he explores the mysteries and paradoxes of time. Atomic clocks are now so accurate they won’t lose a second in more than 100 million years, but while clocks can tell us […]

Copenhagen Fall Out – Niels Bohr & Werner Heisenberg

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Perhaps the greatest story in the history of science and one of the most poignant, fascinating, complicated and ultimately destructive subplots of the Second World War. Nieles Bohr and Werner Heisenberg were two of the towering giants of atomic physics. They were also great friends and the love inherent in their father/son relationship is easy […]

Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony

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BBC Horizon documentary/dramatization examining Albert Einstein’s battle against the quantum theories that emerged from his own ground breaking discoveries. This led to one of the great philosphical debates in the history of science between Einstein and Neils Bohr. Bohr’s quantum mechanics revealed a fundamentally probabalistic universe. The concept so disgusted Einstein that he famously proclaimed […]

Brian Greene – The Hidden Reality

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Brian Greene in lively conversation with Amir D. Aczel on string theory, extra dimensions, multiverse, and how probablistic quantum ‘fuzziness’ relates to the ‘definite’ outcomes of observation. Brian Greene, really comes into his own in this kind of discussion. His enthusiasm and clarity of thought can run free without the flashes, bangs and gimmicky graphics […]