The Serendipity Of Science

Three-part series about lucky accidents which have led to revolutionary scientific discoveries, with Simon Singh.

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleFirst
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0101Things That Go Flash In The Night2001090520020815

In this programme, he focuses on four discoveries relating to strange glows, from phosphorus to will-o'-the-wisps.

0102Miracle Microbes To Superbugs And Other Animalcules2001091220020822

He looks at accidental discoveries in bacteriology, from penicillin to a heat-loving bacterium which could provide a cheap green fuel.

0103 LASTInfrared, Gamma Rays And Everything In Between2001091920020829

Simon Singh explores the discovery of radiation.

0201Material Milestones And Fantastic Plastics20021127
0202Going With A Bang20021204
0203 LASTFrom Venom To Viagra20021211