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Radio Recordings

In Our Time - Time

Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of mankind’s attempt to understand the nature of time. With Dr Neil Johnson, theoretical physicist at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University and Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer 1999 on the subject of Time; Lee Smolin, cosmologist and Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University.
Radio-Recordings%%%Physics%%%Humanities
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Relatively Einstein - 01 Uncertain History

Radio 4
A hundred years on from Albert Einstein's 'miracle year' of 1905, Radio 4 talks to writers and artists who have wrestled with the scientific legacy of modern physics in their work. Michael Frayn's acclaimed stage play, Copenhagen, opened at the National Theatre in 1998. The story of a meeting between two theoretical physicists during the early years of Second World War, it's been hailed as the most successful use of science on the stage.
Literature Books%%%Radio-Recordings%%%Art & Design%%%History%%%Physics

Relatively Einstein - 03 Fantasy Physics

Radio 4
With the help of fellow author and mathematician Ian Stewart, Pratchett explains his love of science, his fascination with Einstein and the science behind the fantasy world he's created and sold to more than 20 countries worldwide. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" said Arthur C Clarke decades ago and it holds true today. Just try and explain how your mobile phone or dvd player works. With the help of fellow author and mathematician Ian Stewart, Pratchett explains his love of science, his fascination with Einstein and the science behind the fantasy world he's created and sold to more than 20 countries worldwide.
Radio-Recordings%%%Art & Design%%%Physics

Relatively Einstein - 04 Theoretically Funny

Radio 4
Comedian Mark Steel has delved into the great man's life and found a great deal to laugh about, if only in theory. "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." (AE). One doesn't normally associate humour with physics but Einstein has proved the exception, at least for two artists. The first is New Yorker Sid Harris who's been churning out science cartoons for reputable journals since the late sixties.Comedian Mark Steel has delved into the great man's life and found a great deal to laugh about, if only in theory.
Radio-Recordings%%%Art & Design%%%Physics

Relatively Einstein - 05 Time Travels

Radio 4
Two physicists turned novelists - Gregory Benford and Andrew Crumey share their thoughts on the nature of time and Einstein's theories of Special and General relativity through their [respective] books Timescape and Mobius Dick. Whilst both writers can be placed in the genre of science fiction, their stories are firmly rooted in the latest research and theoretical musings of Einstein's latter-day followers.
Physics

Relatively Einstein -0 2 Dark Matters

Radio 4
Artist Cornelia Parker explores her ground-breaking (literally) work Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View which involved getting the army to blow up a garden shed in order to re-create the first moments after the creation of space and time. Artist Cornelia Parker explores her ground-breaking (literally) work Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View which involved getting the army to blow up a garden shed in order to re-create the first moments after the creation of space and time. As Cornelia Parker discusses her inspiration for this piece and its aims, cosmologists discuss how the Einstein's ideas shaped our notion of how the universe and everything in it got started.
Physics

Small Worlds - 01 Engineering at the Atomic Scale

Philip Ball
Nanotechnology has become a big buzzword – so much so that the stockbrokers Merrill Lynch has created an index to track investment in the newly burgeoning industry. But others are concerned. Prince Charles, taking a lead from the environmental group ETC, has expressed concerns where this ‘atomtech’ may lead. The environmentalists see it as a step beyond genetic engineering.
Physics

Small Worlds - 02 Why Worry?

Philip Ball
The environmentalist ETC group has warned that nanotechnology (or ‘atomtech’ as they describe it) poses “horrendous social and environmental risks”. It was that group's report, The Big Down, which prompted the Prince of Wales to ask the Royal Society to look into the impacts of nanotechnology.
Physics

The Lopsided Universe - Life Through the Looking Glass

Frank Close
There's an ass in mythology that stood equidistant between two bunches of carrots. One on its left, the other on its right side. The ass, unable to choose between left and right, starved to death. Luckily for us, life made a decision and didn't perish like Buridan's ass. The molecules that make living things are all handed. What's more they all have the same handedness - but why? Frank Close finds out how a French chemist found the clue to this conundrum at the bottom of a glass of wine a hundred and fifty years ago.
Physics

The Lopsided Universe - Lucifer's Legacy

Frank Close
We live in an asymmetrical world, full of asymmetrical beings. In the course of this three part series, writer and physicist, Frank Close, discovers that we owe our very existence to the destruction of the symmetry of the universe at the instant of creation. Programme 1 - Lucifer's Legacy.
Physics

The Lopsided Universe - One in a Billion

Frank Close
When the universe was born there was an equal amount of matter and antimatter. When matter and antimatter meet, as Trekkies will tell you, they annihilate to produce nothing. So why are we here? This profound question is at the heart of modern physics. What broke the symmetry of the early universe? And how has that led directly to us and our ability to ponder that very question?
Radio-Recordings%%%Physics

The Reith Lectures 2005 - 03 Nanotechnology and Nanoscience

Lord Broers
Since time immemorial people have been entranced by structures of great size. From the Colossus of Rhodes and the Great Pyramid, themselves no mean technical achievements, to the mighty Cunard 'Queens' built here in Glasgow, and whichever is transiently the tallest building in the world, beholders have gaped at the gigantic. One simple attraction has been that of comparative scale, so many times the size of a man or a horse or of Nelson's column, as popular illustrations used to show. It was easy for the bystander immediately to apprehend the vast size of these objects...
Physics
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Special Interest

Insights of Genius - Imagery and Creativity In Science And Art

Arthur I. Miller , Copernicus , 1996
In this book Arthur Miller brings together some of the profoundest mysteries of both art and science. Displaying a subtle grasp of subjects as divergent as quantum physics, Cubist painting, and philosophy of mind, the author shows how some of the great geniuses of the past few centuries had to change the way they saw in order to achieve their greatest works
Special Interest%%%Art & Design

Measurements and their Uncertainties - A Practical Guide to Modern Error Analysis

Ifan G. Hughes & Thomas P.A. Hase , Oxford University Press , 2010
This hands-on guide is primarily intended to be used in undergraduate laboratories in the physical sciences and engineering. It assumes no prior knowledge of statistics. It introduces the necessary concepts where needed, with key points illustrated with worked examples and graphic illustrations. In contrast to traditional mathematical treatments it uses a combination of spreadsheet and calculus-0based approaches, suitable as a quick and easy on-the-spot reference. The emphasis throughout is on practical strategies to be adopted in the laboratory.
Physics

Serway's Essentials of College Physics (International Student Edition)

Raymond Serway & Chris Vuille , Cengage Learning , 2007
"Essentials of College Physics" provides a clear and logical presentation of the basic concepts and principles of physics without sacrificing any of the problem-solving support or conceptual understanding you will need.
Special Interest%%%Physics

TV Documentaries

A Night with the Stars

BBC 2
For one night only, Professor Brian Cox goes unplugged in a specially recorded programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In his own inimitable style, Brian takes an audience of famous faces, scientists and members of the public on a journey through some of the most challenging concepts in physics.
TV-Recordings%%%Physics


Atom II - The Key to the Cosmos

Jim Al-Khalili
This episode tackles world-changing discoveries such as radioactivity, the Atom Bomb and the Big Bang, and tries to answer the biggest questions of all - why are we here and how were we made?
Physics



Beautiful Minds - Jocelyn Bell Burnell

BBC
In the first of a three-part series, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell describes how she discovered pulsars, the by-products of supernova explosions which make all life in the universe possible. She describes the moments of despair and jubilation as the discovery unfolded and her excitement as pulsars took the scientific world by storm.
Physics

Beautiful Minds Series 2 - Professor Andre Geim

BBC 4
Physicist Professor Andre Geim\'s constant search for new ideas has led to some extraordinary discoveries, from levitating frogs to a tape that sticks to surfaces like a gecko\'s foot. He reveals how his playful approach to his research helped him uncover the properties of graphene, the world\'s thinnest material, and won him a Nobel Prize.
Physics


End Day

BBC
The documentary follows the fictional scientist Dr. Howell as he travels from his hotel room in London, England to his laboratory in New York City, and shows how each catastrophe, including a mega-tsunami, a global pandemic and a killer asteroid, affects him as well as those around him, with various experts providing commentary on that specific disaster as it unfolds
Physics


Faster Than the Speed of Light?

BBC 4
In this film, Professor Marcus du Sautoy explores one of the most dramatic scientific announcements for a generation. In clear, simple language he tells the story of the science we thought we knew, how it is being challenged, and why it matters.
Physics


Five Ways to Save the World

Jonathan Barker
Five of the world's top scientists present the revolutionary scientific inventions they believe could stop global warming and prevent worldwide disaster. Ideas include putting a giant glass sunshade in space to deflect a small portion of the sun's rays back into space and the firing ofrockets loaded with tons of sulphur into the stratosphere creating a vast, but very thin sunscreen of sulphur around the earth
Physics

Hawking

BBC 4
Drama-documentary relating the remarkable story of Stephen Hawking\'s early years as a PhD student at Cambridge.
Physics