Professor Brian Cox puts three and a half centuries of British science under the microscope to reveal what science really is, who the people are who practice it and how it is inextricably linked to the past, present and future of us all. In episode two, Method And Madness, Brian celebrates Britain's pivotal role in creating modern science. From performing Isaac Newton's iconic light experiment, to meeting a wartime code breaker and making hydrogen explosions, Brian introduces the obsessive, eccentric, visionary characters who dragged Britain into the modern world by developing a powerful new way to investigate nature. Brian discovers that there seems to be a 'scientific mind' when he meets psychologist Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. Professor Baron-Cohen has found that as a group, scientists display powers of concentration and minute focus associated with autism - qualities which are a huge advantage when undertaking genuinely novel research. The downside of extreme focus is that ...