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The BBC Collection - Science

Physics, chemistry, atoms, nuclei, quarks, the God particle... start making sense of these fascinating building blocks of the universe with the likes of Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince and Richard Mabey.

 

Science

  • The Scientist and the Romantic (BBC Radio 3: The Essay)
    by Richard Mabey
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.70 (3 ratings)
    Nature writer Richard Mabey reflects on his lifelong relationship with science and the natural world, in this collection of episodes originally broadcast on Radio 4 in September 2009 and repeated as part of 'The Essay' series on Radio 3 in April 2010.
  • Genius Unrecognised
    by Tony Hill
    Narrated by Tony Hill
    Not rated yet
    Tony Hill, Director of Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry, honours the scientists who revolutionised microscopic technology, electrical power, air navigation, gyroscopic travel and digital sound. In their day they were dismissed as blue-sky time-wasters but now we recognise their genius. Hear how in these five episodes, as heard on BBC Radio 4.
  • The Degner Defection
    by James W Roberts
    Narrated by Stephen Evans
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Fifty years ago a dashing, ultra-talented motorbike racer planned to escape from Communist East Germany at the height of the Cold War. Award-winning presenter Stephen Evans tells how Degner, a hero in his homeland, risked everything, including the life of his young family, to flee to the west, taking with him groundbreaking technology developed deep behind the Iron Curtain. All that stood in his way was an increasingly repressive regime, the notorious Stasi, and the building of a certain wall that changed the course of European history.
  • The Sound of Fear (Radio 4)
    by Sean Street
    Narrated by Sean Street
    Not rated yet
    A door creaks, footsteps echo, someone's breathing - and we are terrified. But why? Sean Street investigates the psychology of fear, so potently sensitive to sound. Talking to musicians, writers, film-makers, neuro-scientists and sound researchers, he investigates how sounds trigger fear. He discovers the importance of context, asks whether sound and fear are culturally specific and hears how scary sounds are created. He also experiences what might be the most frightening sound of all - absolute silence.
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  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (Complete, Series 4)
    by Robin Ince
    Narrated by Brian Cox
    4.70 (23 ratings)
    Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince return for the fourth series of the Sony Radio Academy Gold Award-winning BBC Radio 4 show in which they take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (Complete, Series 6)
    by Brian Cox, Robin Ince
    Narrated by Brian Cox, Robin Ince
    4.50 (2 ratings)
    Brian Cox and Robin Ince present all six of episodes of this sixth series. 1/6. Oceans: The Last Great Unexplored Frontier? Robin Ince and Brian Cox consider the mysteries that remain uncovered in the watery depths. 2/6. Science Mavericks. Marcus Brigstocke joins Brian Cox and Robin Ince to discuss the role of science mavericks. 3/6. Does Size Matter? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being really huge, or extremely small? 4/6. The Science of Symmetry.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (Complete, Series 7)
    by Brian Cox, Robin Ince
    Narrated by Brian Cox, Robin Ince
    Not rated yet
    Brian Cox and Robin Ince present all six of episodes of this seventh series. 1/6. Space Exploration. Brian and Robin are joined by Patrick Stewart, Ben Miller and Monica Grady. 2/6. Improbable Science. Katy Brand joins Brian and Robin to discuss some unusual avenues of scientific research. 3/6. Secret Science. Simon Singh and Dave Gorman join Brian and Robin to discuss Bletchley Park. 4/6. Brain Science. Jo Brand joins Brian Cox and Robin Ince for witty, irreverent science chat.
  • Extinct! (Complete Series)
    by Adam Rutherford
    Narrated by Adam Rutherford
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Why did almost all life go extinct 250 million years ago? Why on five other occasions in the geological history has the living world experienced sudden episodes of global mega-death with the majority of species being annihilated? And are humans causing the sixth great mass extinction event in Earth's history? These are among the questions Adam Rutherford explores in this three-part series on extinction. Producer: Andrew Luck-Baker.
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  • Hyperpsychoreality Syndrome
    by Wayne Holloway-Smith
    Narrated by Will Thorp
    Not rated yet
    Madams, Monsieurs, call this narrator many things: a bit of a rotter, maybe; a touch pretentious, perhaps; a sharp dresser...but never naive, never complacent. When it comes to steering clear of the universe's threat to his health, he is, unquestionably, wise beyond his years. Journey with him from Egham to Waterloo as he discovers how to outwit fate with its own rules.
  • Cosmic Quest
    by Heather Couper
    Narrated by Heather Couper
    4.10 (39 ratings)
    In this 30-part BBC Radio 4 series, astronomer Heather Couper charts the history of our understanding of the universe. Her journey begins at the beginning as people first gaze in wonder at the life-giving Sun, the wandering planets and the changing phases of the Moon. Along the way we meet the ancient astronomers, as well as many pioneering scientific giants like Galileo, Newton, Halley and Herschel.
  • It Is Rocket Science: Complete Series 1
    by Helen Keen, Miriam Underhill
    Narrated by Helen Keen, Peter Serafinowicz, Susy Kane
    4.10 (14 ratings)
    Helen Keen presents this funny, off-beat but factually accurate series exploring the science of rockets, the history of space travel and the brilliant but occasionally warped brains behind it all. In these four episodes, she finds out about the three fathers of rocket science; examines how Wernher Von Braun went from SS officer to American space supremo to Disney children's presenter; takes a look at the breath-taking drama of the Space Race and its evil twin the Cold War.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (Complete, Series 2)
    by Brian Cox
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.70 (24 ratings)
    The second series of the Sony Radio Academy Gold Award-winning BBC Radio 4 show in which physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science.
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  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (Complete, Series 3)
    by Brian Cox
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.90 (18 ratings)
    Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince return for the third series of the Sony Radio Academy Gold Award-winning BBC Radio 4 show in which they take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (Complete, Series 5)
    by Brian Cox
    Narrated by Brian Cox
    4.90 (17 ratings)
    The Infinite Monkeys, Robin Ince and Brian Cox, return for a new series of irreverent science chatter with a host of guests. The six episodes are: 'What's the North Ever Done for Us?', 'A Balanced Programme on Balance', 'The Origins of Life', 'The Science of Sound', 'I'm a Chemist, Get Me Out of Here', and 'The Science of Christmas'.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage: Complete Series 1 (BBC Radio 4)
    by Brian Cox
    Narrated by Brian Cox
    4.40 (73 ratings)
    A BBC Radio 4 Series in which physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince take a witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world according to science. Originally broadcast from 30 November 2009 - 21 December 2009.
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage: Complete, Series 8
    by Brian Cox, Robin Ince
    Narrated by Brian Cox, Robin Ince
    5.00 (1 ratings)
    Brian Cox and Robin Ince present all six of episodes of this eighth series. "What is Death?": Brian and Robin are joined by Katy Brand, Nick Lane, and Sue Black to explore the scientific process of death. "Glastonbury": Brian and Robin join KT Tunstall, Fay Dowker, and Jeff Forshaw at the Glastonbury Festival to discuss all things quantum. "Space Tourism": Brian Blessed, Stephen Attenborough, and Dr Kevin Fong join Brian and Robin to discuss space exploration. Plus three more exciting episodes!
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  • The Making of Modern Medicine
    by BBC Audiobooks
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.40 (44 ratings)
    This major new Radio 4 series charts the development of Western medicine and healing, from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering organ transplant operations of the 20th century and beyond.