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Science Stories

BBC Radio 4

Surprising stories from the history of science told by Naomi Alderman and Philip Ball.


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Latest Episodes

Philip Ball tells the story of Alexis Carrel, the French surgeon who worked to preserve life outside the body and create an immortal chicken heart in a dish. His quest was to renew ageing flesh, repair and rebuild our bodies and keep them healthy far... more

3 years ago

Philip Ball's story is of Ibn al-Haytham, the first scientist, and his book of optics that defined how we see.

4 years ago

Naomi Alderman's Science Story reveals how Lady Mary Wortley Montagu experimented on her own child in a quest to prove that smallpox inoculation works. Born in 1689 in a position of some power and influence, Lady Mary travelled to Constantinople as t... more

4 years ago


4 out of 5 stars from 54 ratings
  • Fascinating and well told

    Podcast Addict
    2 years ago
  • Very interesting

    The stories are very interesting and informative, some are quite an eye opener. Both presenters are very good.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • How we see, and Smallpox experiment

    Remember when science used to be part of the discovery of the world? It was keenly related to exactly what Everyone knee about real life, and the key experimenters were so obviously real people, pursuing questions that everyone had? Remember when science was engaging, and when it made us feel more enlightened about the past and more hopeful about the future? The BBC has done it again! “Science Stories” are a lovely antidote to a million sci-fi fantasies about science as the Doomsday machine ... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Radical Linguist
    United States3 years ago
  • 1 excellent presenter. 1 unbearable presenter

    The episodes presented by Philip Ball are excellent. Easy to listen to, engaging and informative. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 years ago
  • 1928! :o

    Keith Gribben
    4 years ago

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Chart Positions

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#235 France/Science
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#135 Denmark/Science

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