Douglas Hodge reads Richard Holmes' account of the scientific ferment that swept through Britain in the late-18th century.
Joseph Banks, the botanist on Captain Cook's first Endeavour voyage, steps onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, hoping to discover Paradise.
The invention of the hot air balloon by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783 led to a spate of crowd-pulling spectacles, and the fierce rivalry of the first cross-Channel 'aeronauts'.
The impact of the discovery of electricity and how it affected the debate about the nature of life's vitality and the force of the soul.
Sir Humphry Davy's application of chemistry to solving the problem of deadly gas explosions in mines.
By the turn of the 19th century, the developments made in the fields of physics and chemistry had led to a growing debate about the role of science and the question of what to call those who practised it.