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By learning how atomic nuclei behave, form and change, we begin to understand how the stars, and particular, our Sun produce their power.
In his first lecture, Frank Close takes a look at the electromagnetic spectrum beyond the rainbow, from infrared to ultraviolet, from radio waves to gamma rays.
In this talk Charles Stirling examines handed giants - carbohydrates and proteins - whose building blocks are glucose and amino-acids.
Our sensory mechanisms are all handed, with smell and sight being just two that are affected.
The third lecture explores molecular handedness.
Chirality confers individuality, recognition, and specificity. All of these qualities are vital in the struggle for existence.
As humans we are a lot less symmetrical than we appear. We have dominant hands, ears and even eyes. How did that evolve and why does it matter?
In the first of his CHRISTMAS LECTURES, Richard Dawkins explores the origins of life. Beginning with a look at our ancestry, he shows how the probability of our existence is very small.
In his second lecture, Richard Dawkins explores the world of designoid objects. He reveals how the evolution of these beautiful creations has relied on natural selection over generations of time.
In this lecture, Richard Dawkins argues against an anthropocentric view of nature and instead presents a rational case for its evolutionary development.
In his third lecture, Richard Dawkins uses the metaphor of a tall mountain - Mount Improbable – to explain evolution. When we look at Mount Improbable, its peak seems insurmountable.
In his final lecture, Richard Dawkins examines the genesis of ‘purpose’ within the universe and relates this to the development of consciousness within the human brain.
For his final lecture, Charles Taylor explores electronic instruments and muses on whether they may one day replace traditional ones.
In the fourth lecture, Charles Taylor takes a look at the development and science behind wind instruments.
All stringed instruments need to have their sound amplified, Charles Taylor explores how flat plates and hollow bodies work in amplifying sounds.
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