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!’
Discover how science has found out what we are made of; where we came from; and what exists beyond Earth. Find out how science revealed the hidden secrets of nature; how it provided the force to topple kings and emperors; and how it unleashed untold power from within our planet. It’s the story of how history made science, and science made history, and how the ideas that emerged made the modern world.
What’s out there? Where did we come from? What are we made of? This landmark series tells the thrilling story of how science has shaped our lives.
Wednesday, July 11 at 10:00 p.m.
Episode 1 - What is Out There?
Michael Mosley begins with the story of one of the great upheavals in human history - how we came to understand that our planet was not at the center of everything in the cosmos, but just one of billions of bodies in a vast and expanding universe.
Wednesday, July 11 at 11:00 p.m.
Episode 2 - What is the World Made Of?
Michael Mosley demonstrates how our society is built on our search to find the answer to what makes up everything in the material world. This is a story that moves from the secret labs of the alchemists and their search for gold to the creation of the world's first synthetic dye - mauve - and onto the invention of the transistor.
Wednesday, July 18 at 10:00 p.m.
Episode 3 - How Did We Get Here?
The question of our human origins is one of the most controversial science has wrestled with. Michael Mosley tells the story of 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.
Wednesday, July 18 at 11:00 p.m.
Episode 4 - Can We Have Unlimited Power?
We are the most power-hungry generation that has ever lived. Michael Mosley explores how that power has been harnessed - from wind, steam and from inside the atom. It took centuries for science to explain what power is, rather than simply what it does.
Wednesday, July 25 at 10:00 p.m.
Episode 5 - What is the Secret of Life?
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. It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome and unfolds all the way through to the microscopic world of cells and DNA.
Wednesday, July 25 at 11:00 p.m.
Episode 6 - Who Are We?
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. Michael Mosley explores how the twin sciences of brain anatomy and psychology have offered different visions of who we are.