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A witty, irreverent and unashamedly rational look at the world of science communication.
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This week on the Infinite Monkey Cage, Brian Cox and Robin Ince take to the stage at Manchester University, to discuss the state of science communication. Is the public engaged enough with the complexities of science? Are scientists engaging enough with the hoi polloi or still stuck in their ivory towers? And when was the ‘golden age’ of TV science, if it ever existed? Joining our presenters are scientists Matthew Cobb and Sheena Cruikshank, comedian Helen Keen and legendary science TV presenter and writer, James Burke, whose classic series ‘Connections’ captivated audiences around the world.
Brian Cox presents a tribute to Richard Feynman.
Widely regarded as the finest physicist of his generation and the most influential since Einstein, Feynman did much to popularise science, through lectures, books and television, not least his revelation at a press conference in which he demonstrated the exact cause of the Challenger Shuttle explosion in 1986.
Described as the ‘Mozart of physics’, Feynman’s amazing life and career seemingly had no end of highlights.
A student at MIT and then Princeton (where he obtained an unprecedented perfect score on the entrance exam for maths and physics), he was drafted onto the Manhattan Project as a junior scientist.
There his energy and talents made a significant mark on two of the project’s leaders, Robert Oppenheimer and Hans Bethe.
The latter would become Feynman’s lifelong mentor and friend.
Bethe called his student "a magician", setting him apart from other scientists as ‘no ordinary genius’.
In 1965, Feynman shared a Nobel Prize for his unique contribution to the field of Quantum Electrodynamics making him the most celebrated, influential and best known American Physicist of his generation
Science Goes to Hollywood: Science Fact V Science Fiction
Brian Cox and Robin Ince continue their tour of the USA, as they take to the stage in LA. They are joined by cosmologist and science advisor on movies such as Thor and Tron Legacy, Sean Carroll, comedian Joe Rogan, The Simpsons’ writer and Executive Producer of Futurama, David X Cohen, and Eric Idle. They ask why so many movies now seem to employ a science advisor, whether scientific accuracy is really important when you are watching a film about a mythical norse god and whether science fact can actually be far more interesting than science fiction.
Award winning science/comedy chat with Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests. Witty, irreverent look at the world according to science with physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince. New Series starting on BBC Radio 4, Monday July 7th at 4.30pm (repeated on Tuesday evenings at 11pm) for 6 weeks.
Brian Cox, Robin Ince and guests, Katy Brand, Dr Kevin Fong and Philip Ball ask whether science needs war to drive it?
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian Ross Noble and evolutionary psychologists Keith Jensen and Katie Slocombe to discuss whether humans are uniquely unique?
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Dave Gorman, and maths author Alex Bellos, and number theorist Vicky Neale to discuss the joy of numbers and why we are all closet mathematicians at heart.
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by Simon Singh, Sue Black and comedian Dave Gorman to talk codes and secret science as they discuss the extraordinary achievements of Bletchley Park.
Physicist and TV presenter Prof Brian Cox chooses the eight tracks, book and luxury item he would take if cast away on a desert island. Presented by Kirsty Young.
Kirsty Young’s castaway is the scientist Professor Brian Cox.
In the press he’s been called ‘the pin-up professor’ and his enormously popular TV series have been credited with creating the ‘Brian Cox effect’ - a surge in the number of would-be scientists applying to university. As a teenager he decided he wanted to be a rock star; he toured the world as a member of the band Dare and performed on Top of the Pops with his second group D:Ream.
He says:"I hope, we’re beginning to treat ideas almost like we treated rock and roll - I hope so, it would be wonderful, wouldn’t it, if ideas were the new rock and roll?"
Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by Stephen Fry, Simon Singh and Aleks Krotoski to discuss the maths behind 6 degrees of separation and whether there is something special about Kevin Bacon that seems to make him so well connected?
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