Black body radiation, photoelectric effect, ultraviolet catastrophe
Professor of physics Jim Al-Khalili investigates the most accurate and yet perplexing scientific theory ever - quantum physics.
In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft, one of the most advanced ever built, travelled past Pluto to take the very first detailed images of the dwarf planet. After nine years and three billion miles, humans will finally get a close look at this strange, icy world, but only if the craft can survive the final, treacherous leg of its journey, which could take it through a dangerous field of debris.
A feature length documentary film about a scientist who is behind many important inventions, including the hydrogen bomb and the touch screen. Richard Garwin has advised every president since Eisenhower to Obama. He was part of an elite group of scientists who were asked to help fix the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and find solutions to contain the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. This verite documentary delves into the rich and controversial life and career of Richard Garwin in an attempt to understand the complex nature of war, peace and the future of humanity.
In the spirit of Dr Strangelove, a blackly sardonic people's history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe. The film tells stories such as that of the accidental drop of a nuclear weapon on the house of train conductor Walter Gregg, the perilous shoot of a John Wayne movie in a radioactive canyon and the loss of four hydrogen bombs in Greenland.
Computer graphics depict the Milky Way, Seven Sisters and Betelgeuse, illustrate the birth of stars in Orion Nebula, and explain how the death of white dwarf stars contributed to life on Earth.
Computer graphics illustrate the vast distances between solar systems, including Alpha Centauri's three stars, Epsilon Eridani, Gliese 581 and Algol, and the planet Bellerophon.
Computer graphics depict the death of a star in the form of a hypernova on the way to becoming a black hole, as the narrator asks if anyone else would ever notice the death of our own star.
Computer graphics illustrate supernovas, pulsars, black holes and the Pillars of Creation.
Brian Cox explores NASA's underwater training facility, where people are training to space walk on asteroids, and demonstrates how an asteroid might collide with Earth.
Brian Cox visits NASA's Space Power Facility, the world's largest vacuum chamber, and recreates Galileo Galilei's Galileo's Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment, with feathers and a bowling ball.
Brian Cox demonstrates the use of Isaac Newton's laws of motion and universal gravitation to calculate the reentry of the Soyuz spaceship and landing in Kazakhstan.
Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the neutrino from astrophysics and historical discovery.
In the second part of this intriguing documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores science at the very limits of human perception, where we now understand the deepest mysteries of the universe lie. Jim sets out to answer one very simple question - what is nothing?
This documentary deals with two of the deepest questions - what is everything, and what is nothing? Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to these questions as he explores the true size and shape of the universe and delves into the amazing science behind apparent nothingness.
Astronomers and particle physicists have found new ways to probe the cosmos and are creating detailed maps that stretch almost all the way to the birth of time. The observable universe stands revealed as never before, in exquisite plots of size, shape, temperature and composition. This documentary introduces the key scientists who are drawing this new map of the universe.
Ninety million miles away from us is the power that shapes our world - the sun. We see it shine in the sky above us, but beyond our sight something dramatic is happening - the sun is going into overdrive. It's more active now than it's been for a decade, sending eruptions of super-heated plasma and vast waves of radiation towards our planet, with the potential to disrupt our lives in dramatic ways. Using the latest satellite images, and the expertise of Britain's leading solar scientists, Kate Humble and Helen Czerski reveal the inner workings of our very own star, and the influence its mysterious cycles of activity have on our planet.
Our solar system lies on the outskirts of a vast celestial city, a colossal community of stars, bound together by gravity; the Milky Way galaxy. Today, astronomers are piecing together the evidence which is allowing them to see our galaxy in a new and exciting way.
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