What is the World Made Of? • 2010 • episode "2/6" The Story of Science

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How atomic theories and concepts of quantum physics underpin modern technology.

The Story of Science • 2010 • 6 episodes •

What Is Out There?

How we came to understand our planet was not at the centre of everything in the cosmos.

2010 • Creativity

What is the World Made Of?

How atomic theories and concepts of quantum physics underpin modern technology.

2010 • Creativity

Can We Have Unlimited Power?

The story of how power has been harnessed from wind, steam and from inside the atom.

2010 • Science

How Did We Get Here?

Michael Mosley tells how scientists came to explain the diversity of life on earth.

2010 • Science

Who Are We?

The sciences of brain anatomy and psychology have offered different visions of who we are.

2010 • Brain

What Is The Secret of Life?

The story of how the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the human body.

2010 • Science

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Oscar Winners

As the red carpet season reaches its climax, Mark Kermode turns his keen eye and sharp wit on past winners of the most prestigious awards of all. What gave them the edge over their rivals? Mark shows that, despite their apparent differences, Oscar-winning films have more in common than you might think. Certain kinds of film recur, such as war, social justice and the all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. But, as Mark explains, it’s not just about your choice of subject; it's how you treat it that counts. In a special show that ranges from the earliest awards winners to the most recent victors, Mark reveals the films that laid down the template for cinematic glory, celebrates the classics that have endured and savours some of the movies’ most acclaimed performances.

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