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The French Revolution: Tearing Up History
Space Travel
Dinosaur Planet: Pod Travels
The Hunt for Gravitational Waves
Liberation and Revenge
Sex in Space
Mission Pluto
Neanderthal Apocalypse
TT3D Closer to the Edge
Foreigners in their Own Land
Why Do We Dream
March to June
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Swallowed by a Black Hole
The Magic of Mushrooms
The Southern Ocean
The Medici: Makers of Modern Art
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
Planet Earth II Grasslands
The End of the Universe
Stardust
Wild South America: Lost Worlds
The True Cost
Free to Play
Secrets of the Space Probes
The Story of India: The Meeting of Two Oceans
The Survivors
The Obama Deception
Champs
Restrepo
Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
The Power of Miracles
What is the Secret of Life
Shallow Seas
Do You See What I See
Last Human Standing

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The Art Of The Impossible
The Art Of The Impossible 2015

Sir Roger Penrose is more than just a fan of MC Escher's mind-bending art. During the course of a long creative collaboration, the British mathematician and the Dutch artist exchanged ideas and inspirations. Some of Escher's most iconic images have their origin in Penrose's mathematical sketches - while the artist's work has served as a starting point for the professor's own explorations of new scientific ideas". To coincide with the first ever Escher retrospective in the UK, Penrose takes us on a personal journey through Escher's greatest masterpieces - marvelling at his intuitive brilliance and the penetrating light it still sheds on complex mathematical concepts.

Category:Art  Duration:29:00   

A Night With The Stars
A Night With The Stars 2011

For one night only, Professor Brian Cox goes unplugged in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In his own inimitable style, Brian takes an audience of famous faces, scientists and members of the public on a journey through some of the most challenging concepts in physics. With the help of Jonathan Ross, Simon Pegg, Sarah Millican and James May, Brian shows how diamonds - the hardest material in nature - are made up of nothingness; how things can be in an infinite number of places at once; why everything we see or touch in the universe exists; and how a diamond in the heart of London is in communication with the largest diamond in the cosmos.

Category:Science  Duration:59:00   

The Hawking Paradox
The Hawking Paradox 2005

Stephen Hawking is the most famous scientist on the planet. But behind the public face lies an argument that has been raging for almost 30 years. Has he been wrong for the last 30 years? Hawking shot to fame in the world of physics when he provided a mathematical proof for the Big Bang theory. This theory showed that the entire universe exploded from a singularity, an infinitely small point with infinite density and infinite gravity. Hawking was able to come to his proof using mathematical techniques that had been developed by Roger Penrose. These techniques were however developed to deal not with the beginning of the Universe but with black holes". Science had long predicted that if a sufficiently large star collapsed at the end of its life, all the matter left in the star would be crushed into an infinitely small point with infinite gravity and infinite density – a singularity. Hawking realised that the Universe was, in effect, a black hole in reverse. Instead of matter being crushed into a singularity, the Universe began when a singularity expanded to form everything we see around us today, from stars to planets to people. Hawking realised that to come to a complete understanding of the Universe he would have to unravel the mysteries of the black hole and its paradoxes

Category:Science  Duration:49:00   

To Infinity and Beyond
To Infinity and Beyond 2010

By our third year, most of us will have learned to count. Once we know how, it seems as if there would be nothing to stop us counting forever. But, while infinity might seem like an perfectly innocent idea, keep counting and you enter a paradoxical world where nothing is as it seems. Mathematicians have discovered there are infinitely many infinities, each one infinitely bigger than the last. And if the universe goes on forever, the consequences are even more bizarre. In an infinite universe, there are infinitely many copies of the Earth and infinitely many copies of you. Older than time, bigger than the universe and stranger than fiction. This is the story of infinity.

Category:Science  Duration:59:00   

 
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