|01||01||Breaking The Time Barrier||20070416||20070924||Archaeologist Clive Gamble transports us back to a gravel pit in northern France in 1859, to see the first evidence of the Stone Age, proof that mankind lived long before biblical times.|
|01||02||The Pillars Of Wisdom||20070417||20070925||Richard Fortey is at the Bay of Naples in the 1820s with geologist Charles Lyell, discovering the forces that raised mountains and shaped the Earth.|
|01||03||Animal, Vegetable, Mineral||20070418||20070926||In a cluttered lab in the 1820s, two German chemists show that living matter and minerals can be chemically identical, slaying the idea of a life force.|
Written by Andrea Sella
|01||04 LAST||On The Revolutions Of Astronomy||20070419||20070927||In 1610, Galileo peering into the night sky with his hand-made telescope discovers four strange stars that will destroy the old concept of the Universe.|
But his abrasive attitude soon brings him into conflict with others, even his supporters, like Jesuit astronomer Father Orazio Grassi.
Written by Brother Guy Consolmagno
|02||01||Matthew Cobb||20090622||20100816||Strange Encounters - scientists revisit mould-breaking experiments in history.|
Today, biologist Matthew Cobb on the quest for spontaneously generated life.
In the sweltering heat of a 17th century Tuscan villa, surrounded by jars of putrefying meat, Francesco Redi doubts the idea, handed down from Aristotle, and accepted unquestioningly by his contemporaries, that insects and reptiles emerge without parents from dead flesh.
The painstaking experiments not only established the notion of testing theories by exhaustive experimentation, but also laid the foundations of modern ideas of continuous heredity in all life.
Producer: Roland Pease.
Biologist Matthew Cobb considers the quest for spontaneously-generated life.
In a series in which scientists revisit mould-breaking experiments in history, biologist Matthew Cobb considers the quest for spontaneously-generated life.
|02||02||Stuart Clark||20090623||20100818||Strange Encounters - scientists revisit mould-breaking experiments in history.|
Today, astronomer Stuart Clark recalls The Great Solar Storm of 1859, when blood-red aurorae were seen across two thirds of the earth's surface, and newly inaugurated telegraph networks were put out of action by magnetic disruption.
Producer: Roland Pease.
Astronomer Stuart Clark recalls The Great Solar Storm of 1859.
In a series where scientists revisit mould-breaking experiments in history, astronomer Stuart Clark recalls The Great Solar Storm of 1859.
|02||03||Jennifer Rohn||20090624||In a series in which scientists revisit mould-breaking experiments, Jennifer Rohn discusses the work of American biologist Peyton Rous, who showed that viruses can cause tumours.|
Jennifer Rohn on biologist Peyton Rous, who showed that viruses can cause tumours.
|02||04||20090625||Engineer Basil Mahon on the young genius Heinrich Hertz, who discovered radio waves, and showed they could transmit over long distances, paving the way for all broadcasting.|
|02||05 LAST||20090626||Army doctors in the Flanders trenches were confronted in 1916 by a new and deadly respiratory disease - the first cases of what became called the Spanish Flu.|
Virologist John Oxford looks at their struggle to understand the disease that eventually killed over 50 million people.