Friday, June 17, 2016

The Genius of Britain - The Human Zoo

Today on Far Future Horizons we will present the third episode of a the acclaimed documentary series “The Genius of Britain”.

This instalment entitled "The Human Zoo: How We Came to Understand the World" looks at the scientific titans of the nineteenth century, whose drive and ambitions created the railways, discovered electricity and devised one of the most explosive ideas ever: evolution.

James Dyson looks at the life of Michael Faraday, the impoverished son of a blacksmith who became obsessed with electricity and gave us energy at the flick of a switch.

Kathy Sykes explores the many achievements of Lord Kelvin, who amassed over 70 patents, wrote the laws of thermodynamics and was responsible for the first transatlantic telegraph cable.

Richard Dawkins talks about a great neglected hero of his, Alfred Russel Wallace: the man who nearly pipped Darwin to the theory of evolution.

And James Dyson also explores the life and vast accomplishments of the legendary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The Genius of Britain and its companion book are both available from Amazon. 

The Genius of Britain - The Human Zoo: How We Came to Understand the World

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