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The History of Science

The History of Science

Every moment of every day we live in a world created by science. But the story of how we got here is much more than the simple tale of breakthroughs, genius and men jumping out of baths shouting 'Eureka!' History of Science shows how the political upheavals of history combine with iconic inventions and discoveries, along with the ideas of great thinkers, to create the advances that have transformed our lives. Each episode starts with a disarmingly simple question that everyone asks, and then delves into the past, uncovering human stories and recreating the great experiments of the men and women who sought the answers and, in doing so, changed the world.

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  • What Is Out There? (#101)

    A look at how we came to understand that our planet was not the center of everything in the cosmos. [59 minutes]

  • What Is the World Made of? (#102)

    Michael Mosley demonstrates how our society is built on our search to find the answer to what makes up everything in the material world. [58 minutes]

  • How Did We Get Here? (#103)

    Michael Mosley reveals how scientists came to explain the beauty and diversity of life on earth, and he reveals how its evolution is connected to the long and violent history of our planet. [59 minutes]

  • Can We Have Unlimited Power? (#104)

    We are the most power-hungry generation that has ever lived. Michael Mosely explores how that power has been harnessed--from wind, steam and from inside the atom. [59 minutes]

  • What Is the Secret of Life? (#105)

    Michael Mosley presents the story of how the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the most complex organism known--the human body. [59 minutes]

  • Who Are We? (#106)

    We now know that the brain--the organ that more than any other makes us human--is one of the wonders of the universe, and yet until the 17th century it was barely studied. [59 minutes]

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