Peter Hall, Professor of Planning at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, University College, London, and Doreen Massey, Professor of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University discuss what makes a city. This is a really interesting episode, with some good discussion about the way that mixing of cultures and material surplus leads to cultural, scientific innovation. Also some good natured debate about the definition of a city.
John Gribbin, Visiting Fellow in Astronomy, University of Sussex and consultant to New Scientist and Mary Midgley , moral philosopher and former Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Newcastle discuss the impact of science and whether science can give us all the answers we might seek about the universe. This one is a little confusing, and perhaps a little disjointed.
Great episode in which geneticist Richard Dawkins and novelist Ian McEwan discuss the ways in which science and art contribute to each other. As a bonus this episode reminds us what excellently clear scientific explanation Dawkins is capable of.
Brilliant fantasy dinner conversation between Alan Clark and Gore Vidal. Especially fascinating to listen to in the aftermath of the resurgence of Russia and the Brexit vote.
Not really about war, but about the effect of war on the thinking of Isaiah Berlin.