Randall Munroe answers some absurd questions; Danielle George reveals what’s in store for this year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures; Jim Al-Khalili explores the strange world of quantum biology
BBC Four is celebrating science over the next couple of weeks with its Big Science Season. The TV channel's schedule is positively jam-packed with science programmes... here's our guide to what's on.
Tails You Win: The Science of Chance
BBC Four, Thurs 18 October, 9.00-10.00pm
Chances are you’ll enjoy this programme about chance. Professor David Spiegelhalter sets out on a voyage through the realms of probability, finding out how we can maximise our chances of living to 100 and explaining why so many of us experience strange coincidences.
The Final Frontier? A Horizon Guide to the Universe
Watch on the BBC iPlayer
Next on: BBC Four, Sat 20 October, 10.45-11.45pm
Dallas Campbell delves into the Horizon archives to investigate how our knowledge of the universe has changed over the past 50 years. Whether it be alien planets or extra dimensions, every new secret unlocked by scientists has opened the door to many more. Our universe, it seems, is more beguiling and mysterious than anyone could have imagined.
Order and Disorder with Jim Al-Khalili
Watch episode 1 on the BBC iPlayer
Episode 2: BBC Four, Tues 23 October, 9.00-10.00pm
Jim Al-Khalili returns to our screens with a two-part exploration of energy and information. The first episode looked at energy: watch it on the BBC iPlayer here. In the second episode, the physicist turns his attention to information, one of the most important concepts in the modern world.
Voyager: To the Final Frontier
BBC Four, Weds 24 October, 9.00-10.00pm
Thirty-five years after they were launched, the Voyager spacecraft are approaching interstellar space, on course to become the first manmade objects to leave the Solar System. This BBC Four film tells their incredible story.