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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

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    • 4.8 • 258 Ratings

Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

    Introducing Robin Ince’s Laws That Aren’t Laws

    Introducing Robin Ince’s Laws That Aren’t Laws

    Robin explores the origins of laws that seem to govern our everyday lives but which aren’t really laws at all. You can hear all five episodes of the series in the Scientifically podcast where you can also find other great science programmes from Radio 4.

    • 15 min
    A History of Rock

    A History of Rock

    A History of Rock

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by rock enthusiasts Ross Noble, Paleontologist Susie Maidment and Geologist Chris Jackson to look at the history of rock. Unfortunately for Ross, this turns out to mean actual rolling stones, rather than THE Rolling Stones. We hear what secrets the study of rock reveals about the very birth of our planet, to the incredible creatures that walked the Earth many millions of years ago, preserved in our ancient stones.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 42 min
    The Fundamentals of Reality

    The Fundamentals of Reality

    The Fundamentals of Reality

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Nobel prize winning physicist Frank Wilczek, cosmologist Janna Levin, and comedians Eric Idle and Sara Pascoe to look at what physics has revealed about the reality of our universe. From Einstein's equations more than 100 years ago through to the amazing discoveries we've made in the last few years about black holes and gravitational waves, the universe we think we see is not necessarily the true fundamental reality that physics has uncovered. What is real and what is not? All will be revealed.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 41 min
    The Science of Cooking

    The Science of Cooking

    The Science of Cooking

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince get their chef's hats on as they look at the science of cooking. They are joined by comedian Katy Brand, author and food critic Grace Dent, material scientist Mark Miodownik and science writer Harold McGee, whose seminal book on the science of the kitchen launched the craze for molecular gastronomy. They look at some of the lores of the kitchen are backed up by the science, and ask whether a truly delicious dinner is really a science or an art. Is cooking just chemistry?

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem.

    • 43 min
    Neanderthals

    Neanderthals

    The Neanderthals

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by hominids Alan Davies, Neanderthal expert and author Rebecca Wragg Sykes, and paleontologist and woolly mammoth expert Tori Herridge and learn just how misunderstood our ancestors have been. The image of the lumbering, ape like, simple, grunting Neanderthal has been turned on its head with the discovery that we are far more related to Neanderthals then we ever thought possible. Nearly all Europeans will have around 2% Neanderthal DNA, and the revelation of widespread interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans has turned the idea of our exceptionalism on its head. It seems that what defines us may have defined the Neanderthals as well, and we are not so different after all.

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 38 min
    Under our Night Sky

    Under our Night Sky

    Under The Night Sky

    Brian Cox and Robin Ince discover the importance of the night sky to human history and how our relationship with the stars has changed over the centuries. They are joined by star-gazer Jon Culshaw, astronaut Tim Peake, astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith and astronomy writer Stuart Clark as they chart the changing nature of our relationship with the sky above us. They discuss ancient cave paintings depicting Orion's belt, the astronomical revolution that came with our understanding of how planets orbit the Sun, and how astronauts like Tim who have "touched the sky" have seen the stars in a totally unique way. Has our ever expanding knowledge about the stars twinkling above us removed some of the magic, or have modern missions and the incredible images of space we now see brought us closer, quite literally, to the sky above us?

    Producer: Alexandra Feachem

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

Entrapy ,

Oh wow

This is THE BEST science podcast I’ve ever listened to. That have just the right balance between comedy and facts. I’ve learned SO SO SO much. Thanks

JBinJPN ,

I want to like this so bad, but...

The interjection of the “comedians” and the canned laughter can be a bit excessive and really distracting. A shame because Brian Cox and guests are such a great, accessible gateway to the science...

Jim I live wit dem gators Bob ,

The best science podcast

I have listened to all of these, it pains me that now I have to actually wait to listen to another episode. I can’t think of a way to make it better, the variety of scientists is great and the topics are discussed so well they could be used as curriculum. Well done. By the way, has anyone tried using gamma irradiation on a strawberry and watched what happens?

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