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The Life Scientific

BBC Radio 4
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Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future


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4.6 out of 5 stars from 1.7k ratings
  • Great guests and excellent topics.

    I really enjoy this podcast. The biographies are interesting to hear, and I learn a lot of fascinating science.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • My favourite podcast

    Fascinating stuff. Thanks for producing it

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • Jim the best presenter

    If you like this show as much as I do, please take time to watch “Nothing or Something”, a television series on the beginnings of the universe. Absolutely amazing program with Jim at his best. Thank you very much BBC for offering such outstanding programming

    Apple Podcasts
    Argentina3 months ago
  • Misleading

    Agree with some earlier reviews that the titles suggest an informative insight into a scientific subject, but instead you get 25 mins on the life and times of the guest. I don’t want to hear their life stories so have give up listening to anymore of these podcasts.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • Everyone's a gem

    Love the vibe JAK creates here on The Life Scientific and what a treat to get such a consistency of awe inspiring and inspirational guests. Wish they were twice as long.

    Apple Podcasts
    Joff England
    United Kingdom6 months ago

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