Thanks to Matthew Coussell, a member of my HASSNERS group, for recommending this programme to me.
reposted from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wfnqg (view on iPlayer until 8th December 2010).
Prof Brian Cox presents the Huw Wheldon Lecture 2010 on the topic:
Science: A challenge to TV objectivity
1'15": our reliance on science and crucially the scientific way of thinking has never been greater".
5' 15 - 5'50" science is very simple indeed: science is the best framework we have for understanding the universe. As long as you accept that evidence is more important than opinion, then this is the statement of the obvious. Everything we take for granted in the modern world; from atoms, to electricity, from our understanding of the stars, to medical imaging - is down to somebody being curious about the universe and using the scientific method to investigate it. The great English biologist Thomas Huxley summarised it beautifully: science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation and merciless to fallacy in logic.
7'55": science is simply the process by which we seek to understand nature.