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  • 1997-08-31T00:00:00+01:00 on BBC Two
  • 55 mins
  • 5 hours, 30 mins (6 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
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This six-part documentary series from Stephen Hawking covers the major theories in relation to the make up and creation of our universe, including the current thinking on the Big Bang, origins of the universe, dark matter, black holes, etc. The program includes interviews with leading astronomers and scientists, as well as commentary from Stephen Hawking himself. Viewers interested in Astronomy may also want to view the television series Cosmos by Carl Sagan, which offers a more in depth review of Astronomy, especially regarding the history of Astronomy.

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6 episodes

1x01 Seeing is Believing

  • Series Premiere

    1997-08-31T00:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

Where did we come from? The history of cosmology from flat earth to Big Bang: Eratosthenes and Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Edwin Hubble.

1x02 The Big Bang

  • 1997-09-07T00:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

Did the universe have a beginning? The Steady-State theory vs. The Big Bang, Albert Einstein, Georges Lemaître, Fred Hoyle, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, cosmic background radiation.

1x03 Cosmic Alchemy

  • 1997-09-14T00:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

What is the universe and everything in it made of? The creation of matter, the building up of elements in stars.

1x04 On the Dark Side

  • 1997-09-21T00:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

What is the destiny of the universe? Dark matter, WIMPS, MACHOS, neutrinos.

1x05 Black Holes and Beyond

  • 1997-09-28T00:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

Are black holes real? Ultraluminous quasars and supermassive black holes, wormholes, and singularities.

1x06 An Answer to Everything

  • 1997-10-05T00:00:00+01:00 — 55 mins

Is there a theory that will encompass everything in the known universe? Inflation theory, quantum mechanics, string theory.

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