A World of Science by theme: A historical perspective

  • Memory of the Earth (2013, EN), on the role geoparks play in preserving the memory of our planet’s 4.6 billion-year history, with an emphasis on European geoparks
  • The Rise of Animals, Part I (2007, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), Part II (2008, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), a two-part tale of how life evolved on Earth over the past 3.8 billion years 
  • China’s Palaeotreasure (2012, EN, ES, FR), on China’s network of more than 300 geoparks, home to numerous dinosaur fossils and Peking Man
  • Out of Africa (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on new methods of dating human migration out of Africa
  • Tales Set in Stone (2012, EN, ES, FR), retracing the impact of climate change and natural disasters over the past 30 000 years on human civilizations living around the Black and Mediterranean Seas
  • Of Shipwrecks, Lost Worlds and Grave Robbers (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a UNESCO convention which safeguards sunken cities, shipwrecks and other underwater treasures worldwide
  • Secrets of the Night Sky (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), tracing the history of astronomy through the ages
  • Saviours from Space for Siberia’s Frozen Tombs (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on using remote sensing to identify buried tombs from a culture dating back 2500 years, in a race against time before melting permafrost destroys them
  • Preserving the Memory of the World (2013, EN), provides examples of human ingenuity over the past 2000 years that have been inscribed on the Memory of the World Register, to mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s eponymous programme
  • The Miracle of Light (2005, EN, FR), tracing the history of optics through the eyes of Ibn Hathim (born in Bassorah, modern-day Iraq, c.965, died in Cairo, Egypt c.1039), who founded the discipline 1000 years ago
  • Ulugh Beg: the Scholar on the Throne (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the sole astronomer in history (15th century) to rule a mighty state, the capital of which, Samarkand, lies in modern-day Uzbekistan
  • Darwin Lives! (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the 19th century journey which shaped Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory on the evolution of species
  • 60 years of the double helix (2013, EN), on the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 and how it ushered in a revolution in medicine, agriculture, forensics, insurance and even archaeology and palaeontology
  • The Future of Drylands Revisited (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), compares modern thinking with approaches to dryland management back in 1956 when The Future of Arid Lands was published
  • Getting Out of Dept (2013, EN), describes how countries around the Mediterranean Basin have become ecological debtors since 1961
  • Forty Years of Field Laboratories in Sustainability (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), tracing the 40-year history of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, which seeks to reconcile humanity with nature
  • From the Dark Ages to the Green Ages (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), tracing the rise of green chemistry over the past 20 years or so


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