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Series 7

Mary Anning and Fossil Hunting

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Mary Anning discovered the fossilised bones of ancient creatures in the cliffs of Dorset. Naomi Alderman tells her story and her relationship with the geologists of the day. Show more

Science Stories

Series 7

Descartes' Daughter

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

There are many stories about French philosopher Rene Descartes' mysterious 'daughter'. Philip Ball explores these stories and ask what they tell us about what it is to be human. Show more

Science Stories

Series 7

17th-Century Space Flight: The Real Cyrano de Bergerac

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Philip Ball reveals the real Cyrano de Bergerac (forget the big nosed fictional character) and his designs for a spaceship. In the 17th century he wanted to travel to the moon. Show more

Science Stories

Series 7

Hypatia: The Murdered Mathematician

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Series looking at events and characters from science history. Naomi Alderman's story is of Hypatia - the mathematician murdered by a mob in Alexandria. Show more

Science Stories

Series 7

Urea and the Wohler Myth

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Philip Ball tells the story of German chemist Friedrich Wöhler's creation of urea. It was the moment when chemists began to believe they could emulate and even rival nature. Show more