Physical Science


Shedding Light on Motion 69 min.

This series is a visual treasure trove of demonstrations, animations, and explanations of all things motion! To an extent we are all familiar with motion because we all move and we see movement everywhere, but a detailed knowledge of motion has allowed us to build the wonderful modern world that we live in.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Shedding Light on Motion: Episode 1—Speed 24 min.

In episode 1, presenter Spiro Liacos introduces students to the concept that speed is a measure of how far something travels in a given amount of time, looks at how speed varies in a sprint, explains the concept of velocity, and demonstrates a number of ways of measuring an object’s speed.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Shedding Light on Motion: Episode 2—Acceleration 24 min.

In episode 2, we introduce students to the concept that acceleration is a measure of how quickly something changes its speed. We join James Bond as he falls out of an aeroplane without a parachute, splash into the water at 50.4 km/hr with presenter Spiro Liacos, and watch on helplessly as a truck runs off an unfinished bridge and explodes in a massive fireball.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Shedding Light on Motion: Episode 3—Relative Motion 24 min.

In episode 3, we introduce students to the concept that the movement of an object is always relative to something else. We call it “sunrise” but does the sun really rise? Can we stand still and move around from place to place at the same time? If a car is moving forwards, can it also be moving backwards at the same time? And can we throw a single ball towards the left and towards the right at the...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Oceans of the Solar System 52 min.

Water defines the Earth, and is crucial to life. Once we thought oceans were unique to our planet, but astronomers are now discovering them all over the solar system, raising the possibility of life in places we never thought possible. This BBC Horizon program sets sail on an epic journey; from the icy wastes of Enceladus to the prehistoric oceans of Mars, and to the methane lakes of Saturn's bigg...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

The Beginning and the End of the Universe 120 min.

In this 2-part series Professor Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all --- the universe. Through a series of critical observations and experiments that revolutionized our understanding of our world, Jim tells the greatest cosmic detective story of all time taking us from the beginning of the universe to the end of time. He also explores the question: where did we (the universe) come fro...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

The Beginning of the Universe 60 min.

Professor Jim Al Khalili takes us back in time to tackle the greatest question in science: how did the universe begin? Uncovering the origins of the universe is considered humankind’s greatest intellectual achievement. By recreating key experiments, Jim unravels the cosmic mystery of science’s creation story before witnessing a moment, one millionth of a second after the universe sprang into exist...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

The End of the Universe 60 min.

Professor Jim Al Khalili carries us into the distant future to try to discover how the universe will end: with a bang or a whimper? He reveals a universe far stranger than anyone imagined and, at the frontier of our understanding, encounters a mysterious and enigmatic force that promises to change physics forever.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

Sonic Magic: The Wonder and Science of Sound 43 min.

Sound has the power to charm, annoy, and even change history. This program reveals the historic force, promise, and potential of sound—and a strange phenomenon called cymatics that has created a new scientific mystery. It explores how sound has shaped our history, introducing us to fields of acoustic ecology and also research labs where sound is eliminating cancer tumors and much more.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015

March of the Machines: Is AI a Threat to Mankind? 44 min.

Evil artificial intelligences are luckily confined to fiction. Yet leading scientists claim that intelligent machines are "the most serious threat facing mankind." Are they right or could a mind free from human prejudices create a better world? Or is all talk of artificial intelligence a deluded fantasy? The Panel Physicist Roger Penrose, computer scientist Nigel Shadbolt, and novelist and digit...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2015