Thought provoking Channel 4 series in which Sir Martin Rees investigates the great unanswered questions of science.

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Thought provoking Channel 4 series in which Sir Martin Rees investigates the great unanswered questions of science.

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Philosophical, but average
30 December 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The series itself is not even popular science, but popular philosophy. I've seen three episodes, each one trying to answer or at least comment on great questions like "Are we alone?" "Why are we here" and "Are we real?". Of course, no definitive answer can be given, so talking about it in pompous language can't possibly hurt, can it?

While exploring possible answers, though, they always touch sensitive "on the edge" information, like the accelerating universe, dark matter, dark energy, biochemistry, biophysics, etc. And I always fall for that, like a child succumbs to the temptation of a real colourful candy. However, these popular shows always stop at that. They talk big, ask big questions, tell about some anecdotal evidence, then they move on. No true science, no math, no exploration of different theories. They play it safe.

And while this kind of show definitely enlarges the perspective of the average Joe, they fall short on people like me, who have seen a zillion shows like this one and are actually expecting Lesson 2, where the bright teacher finally gets into the complicated details. I am still waiting, you know? And what about that stupid docu-funky style, with people talking sitting on stairs or on the grass, showing them driving in or taking the bike, and the endless repetition of ideas. Are people so dense that they need the same thing said 3 or 4 times in order to get it? Especially since some of those ideas are already obsolete by the time one sees the show anyway :-/

Bottom line: if you wonder about the nature of the universe and our place in it and you are short on ideas, try this series. If you are even mildly educated or above the age of 12, you might consider avoiding it.


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