Beautiful Minds (3×60′) – Great minds don’t always think alike. This series interviews three of Britain’s most influential and respected scientists to discover their unique perspectives on why science matters. Offbeat thinking has led to some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our age. Britain’s most influential and respected scientists explain how their unique scientific perspectives have redefined how we think about the world around us.
Astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, talks us through her detection of pulsars, a by-product of supernova explosions that make all life in the Universe possible. She and the other scientists featured in the series reveal how their esoteric calculations have helped to reveal the weird world of the sub-atomic, their personal passions and the inspirations that led to their “Eureka” moments.They also explain what inspired them to devote their lives to scientific research and what they feel are the far reaching consequences of their discoveries.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, who recently presented Science And Islam, asks how chaos theory can be used to explain the mysteries of the universe in The Secret Life Of Chaos.
Aristotle’s Lagoon investigates how the father of philosophy is also seen as the founder of modern biology.
Producer: Testimony Films
TX: Autumn 2009 / Winter 2010
Source: BBC Press Office