The Big Questions

The Big Question - Channel 5: is a five part documentary that seeks scientific answers to vital questions. The host of every episode is a different famous scientist (Stephen Hawking,Harry Kroto, Richard Dawkins, Susan Greenfield and Ian Stewart).

Episode guide -
Part 1 - "How Did the Universe Begin?" by Stephen Hawking
In this first part you'll make a trip with Stephen Hawking to learn how science reveals the greatest mystery of the universe: the creation.
Most religions claimed the universe was very young. For a long time Christians believed that it was just 6000 years old. In the light of science this is no longer credible. But if the universe was not created, how did it happen?

Part 2 - "How Did Life Begin?" by Harry Kroto
The chemistry has amazing power to explain the world around us.
But this documentary is pushing its limits.
Seek an answer for the deepest question the human beings asked themselves with Nobel Prize winner chemist Sir Harold (Harry) Walter Kroto: how did life begin?
How did life actually begin in Earth? How are lives linked to the fate of the stars?

Part 3 - "Why Are We Here?" by Richard Dawkins
The human race is one of the wonders of the universe. We may be unique. But why are we here? What is the purpose of life? To professor Clinton Richard Dawkins science can tell us why are we here, tell us the purpose of human existence.
There are some ten million species on Earth. But before Charles Darwin no one knew how animals came to be so varied, so complex.
For centuries people try to understand why animals was so perfectly equipped for their tasks. They assumed there was only one explanation: Natural world was designed. The designer was God. Reverend William Paley, writing half a century before Darwin, put the case with his famous watchmaker argument.
If there is no designer how did the complexity and variety of life come about?
Learn the secrets of life with Richard Dawkins.

Part 4 - "Why Am I Me?" by Susan Greenfield
There are 6 billion people on the planet. Every single one of them are unique individual. We each have thougths and ideas and memories and feelings.
What is happening in your brain when talking and listening?
This is not about mechanics of speaking, listening and understanding a language.
This is about subjective sensation of being you.
British scientist Susan Adele Greenfield who brings attention to Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, explains how the brains generate a mind that is individual to each of us.
Welcome to the mysterious world of neurons.

Part 5 - "How Will It All End?" by Ian Stewart
The end of the World idea always fascinates us.
We have a chance knowing how the World will end. Modern tools of science reveal new and unexpected threats to life on Earth.
Simple calculations can tell us what should we really fear and what should we dismiss as little more than science fiction.
In this film you will explore the forces which could destroy us with popular science fiction writer and mathematician Ian Nicholas Stewart.

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