Adam Hart-Davis presents all four programmes from the complete
third series of BBC Radio 4's The Eureka Years. The
long history of science is illuminated by eureka moments -
occasional and startling breakthroughs that change the way
we think about ourselves and our universe...
Hart-Davis (What The Romans Did For Us) presents this
third series of The Eureka Years for BBC Radio 4. In
it he tells the story of unique moments in four particular
years - 1965, 1866, 1628 and 1905 - when great leaps were
made in our understanding of astronomy, medicine, biology,
space and time.
In 1965, Adam Hart-Davis examines how mankind's peculiar gift
for self-destruction fuelled the race to the moon. He leafs
through a book published in 1628, which described, for the
first time, how blood circulates around the human body.
1866, Charles Darwin was already a controversial celebrity,
but an obscure priest growing peas in an Austrian monastic
garden was about to lay the groundwork for modern genetics.
And in 1905, a young man called Albert Einstein changed our
understanding of space and time, and had the most remarkable
year of his life. With his irrepressible enthusiasm for science
and a talent for telling great stories, Hart-Davis guides
us through some astonishing moments that really did change
Eureka Years is an incredibly well produced and presented
show, with Hart-Davis never patronising his listeners, but
at the same time not confusing them with too much technological
far and a way the most interesting episode, to my mind, is
the fourth episode which concerns Einstein's theory of general
relativity. Those that have never really understood this theory
will certainly come away from this episode with a much clearer
idea of what all the fuss is about and give you food for thought.
is rather peculiar about this series is that each episode
ends - in what appears to be in mid-flow.
the end of the day The Eureka Years is an interesting
and entertaining series that will certainly get the old grey