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Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World 

Charismatic men of action and reclusive eccentrics. Eureka moments and serendipitous strokes of luck. Discoveries born of crisis and insatiable curiosity. The history of scientific progress... See full summary »
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Jim Al-Khalili Jim Al-Khalili ...  Himself - Presenter 5 episodes, 2010
Richard Dawkins ...  Himself - Presenter 5 episodes, 2010
James Dyson James Dyson ...  Himself - Presenter 5 episodes, 2010
Stephen Hawking ...  Himself - Presenter 5 episodes, 2010
Kathy Sykes Kathy Sykes ...  Herself - Presenter / ... 4 episodes, 2010
David Attenborough ...  Himself - Guest Presenter / ... 3 episodes, 2010
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Charismatic men of action and reclusive eccentrics. Eureka moments and serendipitous strokes of luck. Discoveries born of crisis and insatiable curiosity. The history of scientific progress in Britain offers an astonishing breadth of personalties and has had an awe-inspiring effect on world progress. Each episode in this five-part series brings an era of scientific thought to vivid life, with modern-day geniuses examining the legacies of their heroes. Stephen Hawking takes on Isaac Newton, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins discusses Alan Turing, acclaimed naturalist David Attenborough profiles Joseph Banks, and many more. Also in the mix: industrial designer James Dyson, Nobel-prize winning geneticist Paul Nurse, and others. Along the way, learn intriguing facts about famous scientists and discover unheralded people whose revelations have changed the way we live today, paving the path for everything from the steam engine to current thinking about the atom and evolution.

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Propaganda for science aimed at a British audience
14 September 2010 | by smoore-39See all my reviews

The first person to review this series has already presented a good summary and addressed many of the points I would have raised myself. So I'll be brief. I believe that the focus on British scientists was due to one of the aims of the series being to popularize science (and engineering) in Britain. The title itself - Genius of Britain - clearly shows this. As a Briton, I found myself feeling proud of my country - if I were a teenager deciding on which A-levels of degree to take, then watching this series just might influence my decision in favour of science and engineering subjects. However, I'm an adult with two science degrees and a deep interest in history - for me, the series was entertaining but intellectually unsatisfying. But it is, after all, television. If you have more than a passing interest in any of these scientists or about the history of modern science then read a book or two. Given the limitations of the video format, I think Genius of Britain was a moderate success. If it had gone into more depth then it would have struggled to present visual content other than the talking heads of the scientists and inventor who present the programme. If it had discussed the scientists concerned in a more global context then it would generate less pride in British science.


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