Karl Sabbagh's book explores the surprising science behind seemingly trivial assumptions.
Read by Toby Longworth.
Abridged by Libby Spurrier.
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.
An inventor who was strangled by his own invention, a Nobel Prize winner who had his 'eureka' moment in the car and how stem cell research could change the future of medicine.
Why a hair of the dog works, how a 5,000-year-old pot could show early animation, and the question, 'is your brain is really necessary?'.
How two physicists linked the problem of interference on their TV screen to the Big Bang, how a total solar eclipse is down to cosmic coincidence, and why NASA launched a record player into space.
Who really invented the wheel, why one particular flower exudes the smell of nicotine, what makes the sound of a whip crack, and why a man's best friend will sense unfairness.
A ship that repaired itself; how the earliest telephones worked without bells; why it's a good thing for skyscrapers to sway; and how Europe to America in an hour, by train, may one day become a reality.