Simply the Best Documentaries

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Awake The life of Yogananda
March to June
Mysteries of the Moon
A Savage Legacy
The Incredible Human Journey: Australia
Where to Invade Next
The story of Energy
Making a Murderer Eighteen Years Lost
A Plastic Ocean
Enigma Man
Operation Stonehenge
Forks Over Knives
More Human Than Human
Inside Einstein Mind
Ivory Tower
The Knowledge of Healing
Is the Force With Us
Should We go to Mars
The Invisible Universe
Vegan 2017 The Film
What the Health
What is the Right Diet for You 2of3
Art Rock
Beware the Slenderman
This Is It
The War You Dont See
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 6
The Art Of The Impossible
Requiem for the American Dream

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Archimedes Secret
Archimedes Secret 

This is the story of a book that could have changed the history of the World. To the untrained eye, it is nothing more than a small and unassuming Byzantine prayer book. For faintly visible beneath the prayers on its pages are other, unique, writings - words that have been lost for nearly two thousand years. The text is the only record of work by one of the world's greatest minds - the ancient Greek, Archimedes - a mathematical genius centuries ahead of his time. Hidden for a millennium in a middle eastern library, it has been written over, broken up, painted on, cut up and re-glued. But in the nick of time scientists have saved the precious, fragile document, and for the first time it is revealing just how revolutionary Archimedes' ideas were. If it had been available to scholars during the Renaissance, we might have reached the Moon over a hundred years ago.

Category:History  Duration:47:05   

When East Meets West
When East Meets West 2007

Andrew Graham-Dixon examines early Christian art and the reasons for its evolution during the Renaissance. He also reveals just how far modern artists have been influenced by the pre-perspective view of the world.

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: Art of Eternity

What is the Secret of Life
What is the Secret of Life 2010

The story of how the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the most complex organism known - the human body. It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, unfolds with the macabre work and near-perfect drawings of Leonardo in the Renaissance, through the idea of the 'life force' of electricity, to the microscopic world of the cell. It reveals how a moral crisis unleashed by work on the nuclear bomb helped trigger a great breakthrough in biology - understanding the structure and workings of DNA.

Category:Science  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of Science

Travels with Vasari 1
Travels with Vasari 1 2009

On a spectacular journey through Renaissance Italy, Andrew Graham-Dixon searches for the shadowy figure who wrote one of the most important books on art and looks at some dazzling works, including masterpieces of the early Renaissance by Giotto, Masaccio and Donatello. Giorgio Vasari was the grandaddy of all art critics, travelling Italy in the 16th century for his definitive Lives of the Artists. It was a time of miracles that he named 'the Renaissance'.

Category:Art  Duration:58:00   Series: Travels with Vasari

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