Extraordinary stories of human endeavour told by some of the world's greatest living scientists, including Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Jim Al-Khalili, Kathy Sykes and Olivia Judson. From the steam engine to evolution; the atom to the structure of DNA; space travel to the worldwide web, this series reveals the people who literally created the modern world.


Air Date: November 30, 2010 - 46:03
The final episode looks at incredible discoveries of the past 50 years and reveals where some of the greatest minds of our time think we're heading.
Air Date: November 23, 2010 - 47:12
War can bring innovation as well as horror. This episode focuses on scientists and engineers who helped Britain win the Second World War.
Air Date: November 16, 2010 - 47:34
Scientific titans of the 19th century created the railways, harnessed electricity and devised the theory of evolution.
Air Date: November 09, 2010 - 47:14
This episode looks at the scientific spark that ignited the Industrial Revolution in Britain.