#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 – the truth about gender, the science of pain, and the game-changing mathematicians you’ve probably never heard of.
BBC Two, Wed 16 August, 9:00-10:00pm
Is the way we treat boys and girls the real reason we haven't achieved true equality between men and women? In an attempt to find out, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim takes over a primary school class for a term, stripping away anything that reinforces the idea that boys and girls are fundamentally different. Can treating all the children the same, regardless of their gender, even out their differences in attitude and achievement?
BBC Radio 4, Wed 16 August, 3:30-4:00pm
In this two-part series, Prof Irene Tracey delves into the science of pain. Can we ever really know someone else’s pain? Why do only some people develop chronic pain after an injury? Irene shows how unusual types of pain, such as phantom limb sensations, can shed light on how pain is generated in the brain.
Ian Stewart, Profile Books, £20
How many mathematicians can you name? In Significant Figures, Prof Ian Stewart explores the lives and discoveries of 25 trailblazing figures, from household names (Isaac Newton, Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace) through to some of history’s lesser known number-crunchers. You’ll read about the inventor of the algorithm, the mathematician who made a crucial breakthrough the night before he died in a duel, and the pioneer who learnt calculus from her wallpaper. Click here for a sneak preview.
At-Bristol, until 3 September, included in standard admission price
Throughout the summer, the At-Bristol Science Centre is hosting a six-week festival of curiosity, with three fortnightly themes. The current theme is ‘What if nature took over?’, so expect plenty of activities based around the natural world. There’ll be edible plants to try in the Kitchen, flower dissections in the Greenhouse, and the chance to experience nature time lapses in the Planetarium. Head here for the full programme.
PS4/PC, Ninja Theory, £24.99
Follow the story of Celtic warrior Senua as she journeys into the Viking underworld to save her lover’s soul. Throughout her quest, Senua experiences delusions and hallucinations – symptoms of what we now call psychosis. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, the game’s developers have worked closely with experts to ensure that the representation of psychosis is as accurate as possible. Click here to read more about the game’s development.