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Évariste Galois (Alexandre Astruc, 1965)

Les dernières heures du génial mathématicien mort en duel à l’âge de 21 ans

C’est un court-métrage de 25 minutes.

Rarement les maths ont été intégrées à un film avec un tel respect de la discipline. Une poignée de dialogues ne seront intelligibles qu’aux anciens élèves de maths-spé ayant bonne mémoire. Mais cela n’empêchera pas le vulgum pecus de comprendre dans quelle mesure les …


Conversas vadias

Uma série de entrevistas com um pensador brilhante

Um programa histórico emitido pela RTP em 1990.
Gravado 4 anos antes de sua morte, trata-se de conversas com um Agostinho da Silva ainda surpreendentemente lúcido, sedutor e perspicaz. Cada programa é conduzido por uma personalidade diferente.

Por vezes críticas, por vezes divertidas, mas sem dúvida sempre abertas, francas e …


A Mathematical Mystery Tour

Horizon attempts to explain some of the theories proposed by pure mathematicians over the ages

This is a 1984 BBC Horizon documentary looking at the greatest unsolved problems in mathematics. Featuring interviews with many modern mathematicians, this documentary also looks at the history of maths and some of if it’s major players from Euclid to Bertrand Russell.

Explores the world of pure mathematics and


POP! The Science of Bubbles

Physicist Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a journey into the science of bubbles

Physicist Dr Helen Czerski takes us on an amazing journey into the science of bubbles. Bubbles may seem to be just fun toys, but they are also powerful tools that push back the boundaries of science.

The soap bubble with its delicate, fragile skin tells us about how nature works …


Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey

Join Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski as they explore the relationship between the Earth's orbit and the weather

Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey is a BBC documentary series presented by Kate Humble and Helen Czerski which aired in 2012. Running for three 60 minute episodes, the series focuses on Earth’s orbit around the Sun and its effect on humans, the climate, and geological features.

Right now you’re hurtling around …


The Secret Life of the Sun

Kate Humble and Helen Czerski reveal the inner workings of the sun and investigate why scientists think changes in the sun's behaviour may have powerful effects on our climate

90 million miles away from us is the power that shapes our world – the sun. We see it shine in the sky above us, but beyond our sight something dramatic is happening – the sun is going into overdrive.

It’s more active now that it’s been for a decade, …


Colour: The Spectrum of Science

Helen Czerski goes in search of colour. She reveals what it is, what it does, and why colour doesn't exist outside of our perception.
Robert Hollingworth: BBC Colour with Helen Czerski filming across the USA

We live in a world ablaze with colour. Rainbows and rainforests, oceans and humanity, Earth is the most colourful place we know of. But the colours we see are far more complex and fascinating than they appear.

In this …

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10 Things You Need to Know About the Future

Hannah Fry delves into the data we have today to provide an evidence-based vision of tomorrow

This episode looks at the issues that will change the way we live our lives in the future. Rather than relying on the minds of science fiction writers, mathematician Hannah Fry delves into the data we have today to provide an evidence-based vision of tomorrow. With the help of the …



Professor Brian Cox reveals how Earth's beauty is created by just a handful of forces

Forces of Nature is a four-part television documentary series presented by physicist Brian Cox.
The series was co-produced by BBC StudiosPBS and France Télévisions and originally aired in the United Kingdom weekly from 4 July 2016 at 21:00 on BBC One.

Professor Brian Cox combines some …


From Ice to Fire: The Incredible Science of Temperature

Helen Czerski takes us on a spectacular journey tp the extremes of the temperature scale
Dr Helen Czerski goes on a spectacular journey to the extremes of the temperature scale, where everyday laws of physics break down and a new world of scientific possibility begins.

Everything around us – from the tiniest insect on Earth to the most distant stars of the cosmos – exists …


Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

Documentary in which Dr Hannah Fry tells the story of Ada Lovelace's remarkable life

Ada Lovelace was a most unlikely computer pioneer. In this film, Dr Hannah Fry tells the story of Ada’s remarkable life. Born in the early 19th century, Ada was a countess of the realm, a scandalous socialite and an ‘enchantress of numbers’. The film is an enthralling tale of how …


Secrets and lies: The hidden power of maths

Mathematician Dr Hannah Fry presents the 2019 CHRISTMAS LECTURES

We think our lives unfold thanks to a mix of luck and our own personal choices. But that’s not quite true. An unseen layer of mathematics governs every aspect of our world. 

Life’s most astonishing miracles can be understood with probability. Big data dictates many of the hot new fashions …


The Royal Institution: Talks all about mathematics

Full length talks from the world’s leading scientists and writers

The Royal Institution was founded to introduce new technologies and teach science to the general public through lectures and demonstrations. Humphry Davy, one of the first Professors, established scientific research as a crucial part of the Ri’s identity, something never envisaged by the founders of the institution.

Over …


The Computer Programme

The Computer Programme asks: what can computers do for us? Who is using them now, and where is this technology likely to lead?

Chris Serle, Ian McNaught-Davis and Gill Nevill begin their exploration of the world of Information Science and ask: what can computers do for us? Who is using them now, and where is this technology likely to lead? (1982)

Ian McNaught-Davis and the BBC Micro

This series looked at all …


Chemistry: A Volatile History

Jim Al-Khalili traces the story of how the elements, the building blocks that make up our entire world, were discovered and mapped

Chemistry: A Volatile History is a 2010 BBC documentary on the history of chemistry presented by Jim Al-Khalili. It was nominated for the 2010 British Academy Television Awards in the category Specialist Factual.

1/3 Discovering the Elements

The story of how the elements were discovered and mapped begins with …

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The Genius of Marie Curie – The Woman Who Lit Up the World

Multi-layered documentary revealing the human story of Marie Curie, whose pioneering research on radioactivity made her the world's most famous female scientist

Over 80 years after her death, Marie Curie remains by far the best-known female scientist. In her lifetime, she became that rare thing – a celebrity scientist, attracting the attention of the news cameras and tabloid gossip. They were fascinated because she was the first woman to win the Nobel


To Infinity and Beyond

Horizon examines the story of infinity – older than time, bigger than the universe and stranger than fiction

By our third year, most of us will have learned to count. Once we know how, it seems as if there would be nothing to stop us counting forever. But, while infinity might seem like an perfectly innocent idea, keep counting and you enter a paradoxical world where nothing is …


Nature’s Mathematics

Patterns, shapes, and colors

Nature follows a number of intricate and subtle mathematical rules to produce the patterns, shapes, and colors that we find so mesmerizing.

Episode 1

Wherever we find patterns and symmetry in nature, we also find that nature conforms to …


The Joy of Winning

How to have a happier life and a better world all thanks to maths, in this witty, mind-expanding guide to the science of success with Hannah Fry

Following in the footsteps of BBC Four’s award-winning maths films The Joy of Stats and The Joy of Data, this latest gleefully nerdy adventure sees mathematician Dr Hannah Fry unlock the essential strategies you’ll need to get what you want – to win – more of the time. From …


Ancient Computer

A Greek shipwreck holds the remains of an intricate bronze machine that turns out to be the world's first computer

In 1900, a storm blew a boatload of sponge divers off course and forced them to take shelter by the tiny Mediterranean island of Antikythera. Diving the next day, they discovered a 2,000 year-old Greek shipwreck. Among the ship’s cargo they hauled up was an unimpressive green lump of …


Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

Exploring whether machines built to enhance our lives could one day become our rivals

Episode 1
Ben Garrod and Danielle George explore whether machines built to enhance our lives could become our greatest rivals. Ben meets one of the most humanlike robots in the world, Erica.

Episode 2
Ben Garrod and Danielle George investigate whether robots will ever become our friends, if we should …


Rise of the Robots

How will human-like robots change our future and how we see ourselves?

They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But humanoid robots — machines with human-like capabilities — have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now.

Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster …


Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

Dr Helen Czerski examines the world of sound waves

Dr Helen Czerski investigates the extraordinary science behind the everyday sounds we hear and those that we normally cannot hear. Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us about the world and …


The Transit of Venus

Special episode of the factual science series exploring the transit of venus across the face of the sun. At 11pm on 5th June 2012 this event will be visible to the naked eye.

Liz Bonnin presents a Horizon special about a rare and beautiful event in our solar system, one that we should all be able to see for ourselves – the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. It will start just before midnight of the 5th of June, and …


What Is Reality?

The quest to explain the nature of reality is one of the great scientific detective stories. Are we are part of a cosmic hologram? Do we exist in an infinity of parallel worlds?

There is a strange and mysterious world that surrounds us, a world largely hidden from our senses. The quest to explain the true nature of reality is one of the great scientific detective stories.

Clues have been pieced together from deep within the atom, from the event horizon of black …