New series In the biblical description of Solomon's temple the value of pi is given as exactly three, It has now been computed to more than six billion decimal places. Melvyn Bragg, Ian Stewart and Robert Kaplan discuss the history of pi - the equation that defines the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
Shortened repeat at 9.30pm
Presented by Michael Wakelin. We Rest on Thee, Our
Shield and Our Defender! (Highwood). Psalm 18, wl-6; 27, wl-7 (chant: Wolstenholme). Praise to the Holiest in the Height (Billing). God Be in My Head (Rutter). Director of music Christopher Stokes.
4/5. Entrepreneur and bookseller Philip Blackwell presents some of his favourite pieces of prose and poetry. He's joined by actors Anton Lesser and Alice Arnold at the original branch of Blackwell's in Oxford as they celebrate 125 years in the book business. Producer Viv Beeby Repeated on Sunday at 12.15am
5/6. Coeliac Disease. Feeling bloated after eating may be an indication that you are allergic to gluten.
Barbara Myers takes listeners' calls on coeliac disease, and there's advice on treatment and diet from Professor Paul Ciclitira of St Thomas ' Hospital, London.
PHONE: [number removed] from 1.30pm Producer Paula McGrath
3/4. Continuing the series of new stories about romantic encounters and the vagaries of love among 60-somethings, with a story by Lynne Reid Banks.
Who Shall / Run to? Sally and Jeremy celebrate their wedding anniversary with a romantic trip to Paris. Read by Sian Phillips. For details see Tuesday
4/5. Peter White refutes the idea that blind people miss out on beauty and compares notes with other visually impaired people about notions of what is beautiful. Today he finds out why so many blind people are passionate about sports. Fordetails see Monday
Erin Riley talks to writer Margaret Drabble about her new book and celebrates the 20th anniversary of Milan
Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being with a look at Czech writing. Repeated from Sunday at 4pm
Quentin Cooperfinds out about nanoscale molecular traps. These 3-D honeycomb structures, a bit like self-assembly molecular Lego kits, are paving the way for hydrogen fuel cells, clearing up polluted waste streams and even creating molecular memory devices that could store the information on 100 DVDs in the space of just one square centimetre. Quentin is joined by Neil Champness , professor of chemical nanoscience at the University of Nottingham, to find out about a new generation of nano-sized test tubes. Producer Pamela Rutherford
3/3. A Brush with Change. A comic story of art, marriage and growing old disgracefully, by Laurence Howarth. Starring Stanley Baxter , Claire Bloom and Maureen Lipman. Sir Leslie McKinsey RA is one of the country's best-loved artists, famous for his highly popular paintings of elephants. His elegant and devoted wife, Lady Nichola, the perspiration behind the inspiration, has been managing his career, and they have had a happy marriage. But forthis year's summer exhibition at the Royal Academy in London he's done a new set of paintings - of a very different nature....
Producer Graham Frost
Sir Leslie McKinsey
4/5. A Good Doctor. By Rebecca Prichard. The day after Harold Shipman commits suicide, Mary remembers the day she rescued her friend Sylvia from his clutches.
For details see Monday Repeated from 10.45am
2/2. Rookie Rabbis. Jonathan Freedland meets trainee rabbis as they wrestle with an intensive five-year course. They struggle to come to terms with theirdoubts about God and battle against the dismissive attitude of Orthodox Jews who claim that they are not qualified to rule On issues Of Jewish law. Producer Brian King
9/9. Some More Equal. Many British employers are facing criticism and legal challenges for allegedly failing to offer equal opportunities to certain groups of people. The conventional wisdom is that discrimination has economic costs and stops us getting the best person for thejob. But is it that simple? Diane Coyle weighs political correctness against profits in the arguments for more equal ity and diversity at work.
Producer Zareer Masani Repeated on Sunday at 9.30pm
Series in which author and Sunday Times critic Anthony Sattin meets people who have moved abroad and then written about it.
3/3. Ever the Optimist. When Chris Stewart wrote
Driving over Lemons, about his life scratching a living on a poorfarm on a Spanish hillside, his expectations were low, given that his previous ventures - including drumming for the rock group Genesis -left him destitute. Now his modesty seems misplaced: the book is a worldwide hit. For details see Tuesday
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