Science documentaries

Science and mathematics keep presenting opportunities for us to understand and shape the world in new, original, and sometimes troubling ways. From the world's first computer to vaccine conspiracy theories, sign up to BBC Select to watch some of the BBC science documentaries in the US and Canada.

The Story Of Maths

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From algorithms to economics, it’s impossible to think of a part of our world that isn’t determined by math. It’s the invisible glue that holds our world and its systems together. But what’s the human history behind the numbers?

From Plato to Pythagoras, Descartes to Newton, Fermat to Poincare, these are the great minds who have brought pattern and order to our chaotic world.

The Joy Of Chance

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How can you maximize your chances of living until you’re 100? Why do many of us experience spooky coincidences?

Should I take an umbrella? Professor David Spiegelhalter tries to pin down what chance is as he explores the mysteries of probability. In this compelling, funny BBC science documentary he tells the story of how we discovered the way chance works. But can we ever make chance work for us?

The Joy Of Logic

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Philosophy, math, science, technology – all of it runs on logic.

Journeying from art to literature, sci-fi to supercomputers, Professor Dave Cliff tells the fascinating story of the quest for certainty in this gleefully nerdish BBC documentary. But could today’s super-powered computers be smarter than us? What does that tell us about our own brains and how ‘logical’ we really are?

The Joy Of Stats

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Get ready for a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics and explore the remarkable power they have to change our understanding of the planet.

In this fascinating, funny BBC science documentary Hans Rosling investigates how stats, math and numbers can be used to see the world as it really is, not just as we imagine it to be. But how can stats help us, or potentially, harm us?

How To Go Viral

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It might not feel like you’re doing anything significant when you share that Baby Yoda sipping tea meme, but you’re part of a cultural revolution. Memes are changing the way we communicate. Why do we love them?

Digital culture expert Richard Clay meets modern meme designers, Tumblr’s meme librarian, and a liberal troll, to decode how memes give us a voice, but are also being used to silence us.