If you are a fan of all things science based then July is going to be a real treat for you, but you need to have a subscription to the Sky Discovery channel Eden. For during this month is Science month and Eden is showing back-to-back science programming, that’s science, all day, every day, for a whole month! From Professor Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe to the individual genius of Ben Miller and Marcus du Sautoy, Eden has the very best of science documentaries, delivered by the very best expert science communicators. Head to the Science On Eden page to find out what’s on and when. There are also some great science fact files, quizzes and science competitions that they’ll be launching throughout the month, so make sure you keep coming back. You can also get involved with the science conversation and tweet them @EdenChannel using the hashtag #ScienceOnEdenTV or join them on their Facebook page.
Here are just a few of the most favourite science programmes to get you started:
Wonders of the Universe
If you have ever looked up into the stars and wondered who are we and where do we come from then this has to be the programme for you. For thousands of years humanity has turned to religion and myth for answers to these enduring questions, But in this series, Brian Cox presents a different set of answers… answers provided by science. To start, Brian seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves. From an extraordinary calendar built into the landscape of Peru to the beaches of Costa Rica, Brian explores the cycles of time that define our experience of life on Earth. But even the most epic cycles of life can’t begin to compare to the vast expanse of cosmic time. For instance, just as the Earth orbits the Sun, the solar system orbits the entire Milky Way galaxy. This orbit takes a staggering 250million years to complete. Science at its best.
What is One Degree?
Did you know that the comedian Ben Miller is a celebrated physicist? Here he returns to his roots to try to answer a deceptively simple question: What Is One Degree? It may seem like a simple science question, but the reality is anything but clear-cut. Ben Miller’s quest takes him to the frontiers of current science as he meets researchers working on the hottest and coldest temperatures in the universe, and to a lab where he experiences some of the strangest effects of quantum physics – a place where super-cooled liquids simply pass through solid glass. Plus, Ben installs his very own Met office weather station at home. Ben’s investigations in the personal and passionate film What Is One Degree? highlight the importance of measurement and accuracy in the 21st century.
Don’t worry if you hated maths at school, in the first episode of this three-part series, Marcus reveals how significant numbers appear throughout the natural world and how they’re part of hidden mathematical equations that contain the rules that govern everything on our planet and beyond. Next Marcus looks at shapes. Starting at the hexagonal columns of Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, he discovers the code underpinning the extraordinary order found in nature – from rock formations to honeycomb and from salt crystals to soap bubbles. Marcus also reveals the mysterious code that governs the apparent randomness of mountains, clouds and trees, and explores how this could not only be the key to Jackson Pollock’s success, but also animated movies. Finally, Marcus explores the art of prediction and looks at the lunar eclipse – once thought of as supernatural, now routinely predicted through the power of the code. But more intriguing is what the code can say about our future.
And here are some of the other science programmes you can expect to see on Eden throughout the month of July:
Wonders of the Solar System
Professor Brian Cox guides viewers through the wonders of our incredible solar system.
Finding Life Beyond Earth
Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI to bathe us in the sights and sounds of alien worlds.
Do We Really Need The Moon?
Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores our relationship with our only natural satellite.
The Story of Science
Michael Mosley embarks on an ambitious journey exploring the evolution of scientific understanding.
Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds
Richard Hammond looks beyond what we can see entering a world of super speeds and the microscopic.
Do You Know What Time It Is?
Professor Brian Cox asks the seemingly innocuous question, ‘Do You Know What Time It Is?’
Traveling to Iceland, Italy, Yellowstone, and Japan to reveal the timeless mystery and spectacular danger posed by nature’s most explosive force.
Inside the Human Body
Michael Mosley explores the wonders of the human body tracing our development from birth to adulthood.
Blood And Guts: A History Of Surgery
In the early days of surgery were barbaric and the surgeon’s knife was more likely to kill you than save you.
Incredible Human Journey
Following a trail of clues from the latest scientific research, Dr Alice Roberts re-traces The Incredible Human Journey.
How Long Is A Piece Of String?
Alan Davies attempts to answer the proverbial question: how long is a piece of string?
Following scientists conducting experiments to recreate the Earth’s core within their own laboratories, with surprising results.
Seeing Stars is the fascinating look at just how close we are to understanding the universe.
How Earth Made Us
Dr Iain Stewart tells the epic story of how planet Earth has shaped human history.
For more information visit the Eden home page.