#BrainFood brings you the best shows on TV and radio, science apps and books to activate your mind, and fun events to visit. This week: Spy in the Wild, human hibernation, and the joys of mathematics.
Science Museum, London, now open, free
This new gallery at London's Science Museum aims to banish those memories of chalky blackboards for good. The focus here is on the tangible, real-world applications of maths, with objects in the beautifully designed space including a Handley Page aircraft from 1929, a National Lottery ball machine, a 17th Century Islamic astrolabe, and an early example of the Enigma cryptography device.
BBC Radio 4, Mon 9 Jan, 9:00-9:30pm (or listen online now)
On a cold, January morning, the idea of hibernation can seem quite appealing. Kevin Fong explores the possibilities of human hibernation, an ability that could help us slow down our metabolism, recover from serious injury or survive long-distance spaceflight.
Dava Sobel, 4th Estate, £16.99
Author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel has become well known for her books combining science history and elegant storytelling. In The Glass Universe, she turns her attentions to the women who worked as ‘human computers’ at Harvard College Observatory in the 19th Century, revealing how they made crucial discoveries and transformed our understanding of the stars.
BBC One, Thurs 12 Jan, 8:00-9:00pm
Over 30 animatronic creatures infiltrate the animal world, allowing us a glimpse of nature’s most intimate moments. This week, Spy Pup makes friends with a wild dog pack, Baby Spy Croc takes a ride inside the mouth of a mother crocodile, and Spy Tortoise is adopted by a chimpanzee.
Android, MindBox Apps, free with in-app purchases
We love a good calculator here at BBC Focus, and this lovely looking Android app promises to fulfil all our mathematical needs. It features over 50 different calculators and unit converters, ranging from algebra and geometry to health and finance.