Scientists look back to their ancient forebears and examine how much of that early knowledge still stands the test of time.


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01 20090907Iain Hutchison, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon, discovers that the nasal reconstructive techniques he uses today date back to third century BC in south Asia.
A school of surgery, The Sushruta, grew up on the banks of the river Ganges to help victims of punishment who had had their noses sliced off.
01The Sushruta20100720
Four scientists look back to their ancient forebears.
In the first programme, Iain Hutchison, Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, discovers that the nasal reconstructive techniques he uses today date back to third century BC in South Asia.
A school of surgery - The Sushruta - grew up on the banks of the river Ganges to help victims of punishment who'd had their noses sliced off.
Iain Hutchison discovers nasal reconstructive techniques date back to third century BC.
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As you check the time rushing to work or boiling an egg, you are making a Babylonian calculation.
Dr Anne Curtis of the National Physical Laboratory discovers the origins of 'base 60'.
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03 20090909Prof Graeme Maidment explores the earliest methods of surviving a hot climate.
Does ancient Egypt hold the key to an urgent modern need for sustainable cooling? He goes to an unlikely place to find out - Bluewater shopping centre, just off the M25.
03Egyptian Cooling Methods20100727
Professor Graeme Maidment explores the earliest methods of surviving a hot climate.
Does ancient Egypt hold the key to an urgent modern need for sustainable cooling? He goes to an unlikely place to find out - the Bluewater shopping centre just off the M25.
Prof Graeme Maidment explores the earliest methods of surviving a hot climate.
04 20090910Science writer Gabrielle Walker goes punting on the River Cam to discover if Aristotle's treatise on meteorology stands up to modern scrutiny.
Aristotle likens earthquakes to bodily ructions but remarkably knew that, 'where there is dry land there will one day be sea'.
 
04Aristotle's Meteorology20100803: Science writer Gabrielle Walker goes punting on the River Cam to discover whether Aristotle's treatise on meteorology stands up to modern scrutiny.
He likens earthquakes to bodily ructions but remarkably knew that "where there is dry land there comes to be sea, and where there is now sea, there one day comes to be dry land".
Gabrielle Walker asks if Aristotle's treatise on meteorology stands up to modern scrutiny.
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04Aristotle's Meteorology  
05 LAST 20100810Professor Gus McGrouther finds striking parallels between his wound healing research in Manchester and the earliest methods recorded on Mesopotamian clay tablets.
Parallels between wound-healing research and the earliest methods recorded in Mesopotamia.
05 LAST 20090911Prof Gus Mcgrouther finds striking parallels between his wound-healing research in Manchester and the earliest methods recorded on Mesopotamian clay tablets.

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