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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince


The Recipe to Build a Universe

July 4th, 2016

Episode 140 of 145 episodes

The Recipe to Build A Universe Brian Cox and Robin Ince ask what ingredients you need to build a universe? They are joined on stage by comedian and former Science Museum explainer, Rufus Hound, chemist Andrea Sella and solar scientist Lucie Green, as they discuss the basis of all school chemistry lessons, the periodic table. They discover how the elements we learnt at school are the building blocks that make up everything from humans to planet earth to the universe itself. Formed in stars, and during the big bang, the history of the periodic table and the elements, is a wonderful tale of genuine scientific exploration that has changed our understanding of where we come from and how life and the universe that we know, came to be. The panel also ponder which element they might choose if they were building a universe from scratch and the audience suggest which elements they would remove from the periodic table if given the chance? Producer: Alexandra Feachem.