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The Story of India: The Power of Ideas
Some of the Things That Molecules Do
A Death in the Family
In the Grip of the Seasons
Flight of the Butterflies
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
Rivals
The Last Reef
Racism: A History. The Colour of Money
The Incredible Human Journey: Australia
A Savage Legacy
Vegan 2017 The Film
Rome is Burning
Dinosaurs Alive
The Big Freeze
The Death of the Oceans
The Making of Jurassic Park
Bloody Battles
Monkey Kingdom
Roger Waters The Wall
Food Inc
Zeitgeist The Movie
An Everyday Miracle
The Rivers
Chased by Sea Monsters 1of3
The Day they Dropped the Bomb
How to Grow a Planet Life from Light
Artic
The Challenger
Jungles
The Power Of The Placebo
Tiny Giants
The Clash of Titans
Which Universe Are We In
Titanic 100 Years

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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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