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Leonardo: The Man Who Saved Science

Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his inventions as well as his art. But new evidence shows that many of his ideas were realized long before he sketched them out in his notebooks — some even 1,700 years before. Was Leonardo a copycat?

Leonardo da Vinci is, of course, best known as one of the world’s greatest artists. At his death in 1519, he was famous for such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But he was more than a painter, he was also a musician, writer, and showman. …


Dancing in the Dark – The End of Physics?

A look at dark matter and dark energy ahead of the Large Hadron Collider being switched on in March 2015, having been upgraded

Scientists genuinely don’t know what most of our universe is made of. The atoms we’re made from only make up four per cent. The rest is dark matter and dark energy (for ‘dark’, read ‘don’t know’). The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has been upgraded. When it’s switched on in …


Project Greenglow – The Quest for Gravity Control

The story of an extraordinary scientific adventure – the attempt to control gravity. The dream of flying cars and journeys to the stars no longer seems quite so distant

This is the story of an extraordinary scientific adventure – the attempt to control gravity. For centuries, the precise workings of gravity have confounded the greatest scientific minds – from Newton to Faraday and Einstein – and the idea of controlling gravity has been seen as little more than a …


Inside CERN

Horizon documents an extraordinary story in particle physics, following CERN's scientists as they hunt for the elusive signals that would prove if there is a new particle

With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, Horizon follows the highs and lows of an extraordinary story in particle physics. In June 2015, teams at CERN started running the large hadron collider at the highest energy ever. Rumours quickly emerged that they were on the brink of a huge discovery. A mysterious bump …


The Secret of Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla is considered one of the top 10 most fascinating people in history according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Long shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the secret life of Nikola Tesla is revealed in this fascinating feature film.

Tesla, born in 1856, is considered the father of our modern technological age …


Tesla: Master of Lightning

Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest electrical inventors who ever lived

New Voyage Communications in Washington, D.C., has developed a unique, in-depth television documentary about the life, times, and legacy of Nikola Tesla, American inventor and visionary. This program is the result of years of research, in which many new and unknown details of of Tesla’s life have been uncovered. …



Visionary or Madman?

Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century. Regarded by many historians as an eccentric genius, Tesla gained international fame for his invention of a system of alternating current that made possible the distribution of electricity over vast …


A Vida Secreta dos Materiais

Este filme leva-nos a uma jornada onde encontramos os pioneiros da Ciência dos Materiais e vemos as extraordinárias descobertas que estão a transformar o mundo ao nosso redor.

Nós apresentamos uma “viagem” através da ciência dos materiais, processos, inovações e as pessoas por trás da pesquisa e desenvolvimentos em um filme documentário liderado pelo personagem.

Este filme é vencedor de 9th International Science Film Festival of Athens (Best Film Award) e de 6th Life Sciences Film Festival, Prague


How to Build a Time Machine

Horizon meets scientists working on the cutting edge of discovery - people who may discover how to build wormholes, manipulate entangled photons or build functioning time crystals

Time travel is not forbidden by the laws of nature, but to build a time machine, we would need to understand more about those laws and how to subvert them than we do now. And every day, science does learn more.

In this film Horizon meets the scientists working on …



​​​​​​Filme documentário que narra a história de seis cientistas brilhantes que procuram desvendar os mistérios do universo, documentando os sucessos e contratempos de uma das descobertas científicas mais importantes e inspiradoras do planeta

Imagine que era possível estar presente quando Edison ligou a primeira lâmpada, ou quando Benjamin Franklin recebeu o seu primeiro choque elétrico.

Pela primeira vez, um filme oferece ao público um lugar na primeira fila para assistir a um avanço científico significativo e inspirador à medida que ele acontece. A …


Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams

Professor Simon Schaffer presents a documentary telling the story of automata, extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life

Documentary presented by Professor Simon Schaffer which charts the amazing and untold story of automata – extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life.

The film brings the past to life in vivid detail as we see how and why these masterpieces were built. Travelling …



Powers of ten and the relative size of things in the Universe

Powers of Ten is one of the Eameses’ best-known films. Since it was produced in 1977, it has been seen by millions of people both nationally and internationally. As with A Communication Primer and 2n (a 2-minute Peep Show from the exhibition, Mathematica), in this film, Charles and Ray employed the …


Einstein’s Quantum Riddle

Join scientists as they grab light from across the universe to prove quantum entanglement is real

Over the past century, scientists have made huge strides in understanding the mind-bending rules that govern the microworld of atoms and subatomic particles. But these rules, called quantum mechanics, contain one particularly bizarre, unexplained phenomenon: quantum entanglement.

Imagine two subatomic particles that mirror changes in each other instantaneously …


Prediction by the Numbers

Discover why some predictions succeed and others fail as experts forecast the future

Predictions underlie nearly every aspect of our lives, from sports, politics, and medical decisions to the morning commute. With the explosion of digital technology, the Internet, and “big data,” the science of forecasting is flourishing. But why do some predictions succeed spectacularly while others fail abysmally? And how can we …


Inside Einstein’s Mind: The Enigma of Space and Time

The story of the most elegant and powerful theory in science, Albert Einstein's general relativity. It takes us inside the head of Einstein to witness how his idea evolved.

The story of the most elegant and powerful theory in science – Albert Einstein’s general relativity.

When Einstein presented his formidable theory in November 1915, it turned our understanding of gravity, space and time completely on its head. Over the last 100 years, general relativity has enabled us to …


Between the Folds

Origami: it's no longer just paper cranes.
Giang Dinh – https://giangdinh.com/

Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of …


The Origami Revolution

Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions

The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and …


In the Footsteps of Marie Curie

An entertaining documentary about the life and achievements of one of the greatest scientists in history

Young, beautiful, and born in an occupied country that for a time disappeared from the European map, Marie Curie cherished the innovative filed of science. Reserved yet ambitious, she rushed into the world of science hitherto the domain of men. How do scientists see her today? What made her unique?


Madame Curie na Frente de Batalha

A importância de Marie Curie para o desenvolvimento da radiologia e o surgimento do hospital de dia da época moderna

Documentário sobre os esforços da vencedora do prémio Nobel da Física e de Química, Madame Curie, e de Claudius Regaud para desenvolver na frente de batalha da Primeira Guerra Mundial novos métodos de tratamento, tais como radiologia, promovendo, assim, cuidados médicos e fazendo surgir o hospital de …


Scotland’s Einstein: James Clerk Maxwell – The Man Who Changed the World

Documentary in which Professor Iain Stewart reveals the story behind the Scottish physicist who was Einstein's hero and inspiration – James Clerk Maxwell

Professor Iain Stewart reveals the story behind the Scottish physicist who was Einstein‘s hero – James Clerk Maxwell. Maxwell’s discoveries not only inspired Einstein, but they helped shape our modern world – allowing the development of radio, TV, mobile phones and much more.

Despite this, he is largely …


Marie Curie, além do mito

Um retrato íntimo de uma cientista excepcional, Prémio Nobel da Química, há 100 anos

Desde o seu nascimento em Varsóvia até à sua entrada no Panteão, o trabalho e a carreira de Marie Curie são um mito. Honrada em todo o mundo e incorporando um modelo de excelência, a sua história e vida permanecem desconhecidas em França.

Para homenagear esta extraordinária mulher da …


The Majesty of Music and Math

Exploring the interconnectedness of music and mathematics

THE MAJESTY OF MUSIC AND MATH is a multi-media television production that explores the interconnectedness of music and mathematics produced by New Mexico PBS. Featuring remarks by Santa Fe Institute mathematician and computer scientist Cris Moore and musical selections by the Santa Fe Symphony with Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa.…


The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements

Journey through the history of science on a quest to understand matter

The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements is an exciting series about one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long and continuing quest to understand what the world is made of. Three episodes tell the story of seven of history’s most important scientists as they seek to identify, …



The story of the discovery that everything is made from atoms, one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history, and the brilliant minds behind it.

Nuclear physicist Jim Al-Khalili tells the story of the realisation that everything is made of atoms, and the effect that had on the scientific community. The realisation that everything is made from atoms has been referred to as the greatest scientific breakthrough in history. Nuclear physicist Professor Jim Al- Khalili …


Order and Disorder

Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates the important concepts of energy and information

In attempting to answer the question of what is energy, Jim Al-Khalili investigates a strange set of laws that link together everything from engines to humans to stars.

Investigating the concept of information, Jim Al-Khalili learns that it is not just about human communication, it is woven very …