8th April - A Very Short introduction to...Glaciation
Vast and majestic, glaciers lock up 10% of the world's freshwater. These great bodies of ice play an important part in the Earth's development, carving landscapes, influencing climate and affecting global sea level. Glacial geomorphologist Prof David Evans considers how glaciers and ice sheets have shaped our planet and the role they play today.
9th April - A Very Short Introduction to...Synthetic Biology
Synthetic biology affects fields of science as diverse as drug manufacture, biofuel production, tackling pollution and medical diagnostics. It may even make it possible for us to create new life from non-living materials. Experimental anatomist Prof Jamie Davies discusses the considerable controversies the opportunities that this fast-growing field of research brings.
10th April - A Very Short introduction to...Depression
Consultant psychiatrist Dr Mary Jane Tacchi and professor of psychological medicine Jan Scott present a history of depression and bipolar disorder and explain how they are experienced and understood today. They examine the controversies of diagnosis and treatment and discuss how mood disorders can influence creativity.
11th April - A Very Short introduction to...Infinity
Infinity is an intriguing topic, with connections to religion, philosophy, metaphysics, logic and physics as well as mathematics. Cosmologists consider sweeping questions about whether space and time are infinite. Philosophers and mathematicians have posed numerous paradoxes about infinity and infinitesimals. Prof Ian Stewart discusses some of the major problems and insights arising from the concept of infinity.
12th April - A Very Short introduction to...Consciousness
Consciousness remains a hot topic. What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion? From the construction of self in the brain to mechanisms of attention, psychologist and author Dr Susan Blackmore clarifies the potentially confusing arguments and outlines the amazing pace of discoveries in neuroscience.
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