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...Sports Fabrics

3/3. Not so long ago, athletes competed in cotton vests and baggy shorts. But in today's competitive climate, where winning margins are often measured in hundredths of a second, athletes look to hi-tech sports fabrics for sporting advantage.

Sports clothes are now marketed to the public at large, and science has become a major selling point. Jonathan discusses some of the new textiles with scientists and manufacturers. Breathable fabrics might allow sweat to escape and at the same time keep the rain out, but will they help us perform any better?

20070314

Jonathan Edwards presents a series exploring how science both shapes and explains our world.

1/3. What makes someone or something beautiful and why does beauty move us? Is it an instinctive reaction or can we objectify beauty and define it, as some have tried to do, in terms of geometry and mathematics? Jonathan visits the National Gallery in London and talks to aestheticists and psychologists about a concept which proves extraordinarily difficult to pin down.

20070321

Jonathan Edwards presents a series exploring how science both shapes and explains our world.

2/3. He talks to heptathlete Kelly Sotherton and UK Athletics Performance Director Dave Collins about the importance of mental preparation. Jonathan's athletics career is over, but he enjoys a round of golf. When a sports psychologist at Sheffield Hallam University puts him into a trance, will his putting show any improvement?

20070328

Jonathan Edwards presents a series exploring how science both shapes and explains our world.

3/3. This programme looks into Artificial Intelligence and what it may offer in the future. Jonathan visits the Department of Informatics at Edinburgh University for a crash course in AI. After seeing a range of applications, he emerges with renewed respect for the human body, a biological machine that frequently gets taken for granted.