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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Aristotle on flourishing

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2015
In this episode of A History of Ideas, philosopher Jules Evans wants to prove there's been a revival of Aristotle's ideas about flourishing and how...

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses?

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses? Creative commons image Credit: Wellcome Library, London under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2015
With jokes, with panic, with searches for religious meaning: A collection of contemporary responses to eclipses from 18th Century publications.

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discover the Fourth Revolution with our animation,while on the radio it's historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon's anxieties about the...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - William Whiston and early modern science

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - William Whiston and early modern science Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2015
Our animation explores the idea of the divine watchmaker, while on Radio Historian Justin Champion discusses early modern comet theory. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Beauty and evolution

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2014
Our animation unpicks DeBeauviour's views on beauty from The Second Sex, while on radio science historian, Simon Schaffer, draws on Charles Darwin...

Whizzing in all directions: A history of cycling in Ireland

Whizzing in all directions: A history of cycling in Ireland Copyright free image Credit: via Wikimedia Commons
Updated 29 Apr 2014
The Giro D'Italia's Big Start in Ireland is a fitting event for a place always quick to adopt the latest cycling trends.

The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger

The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger Copyright free image Credit: National Library of Medicine
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Nov 2013
Fredrick Sanger was a double Nobel laureate and expert in all things DNA. What impact has his work had on our lives?

Light: Wave-particle duality

Light: Wave-particle duality Creative commons image Credit: By Douglas Hofstadter [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Sep 2013
One of the most confusing concepts in physics, wave-particle duality is unlike anything we see in the ordinary world.

Elements of the Periodic Table

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Elements of the Periodic Table Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2013
Explore the impact of chemical elements on our bodies, our world, and see how they changed the course of history

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The incredible shrinking chip

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The incredible shrinking chip Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Sep 2014
One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest. The microchip was invented in Scotland in 1947 and is now at the...