The Fabric of the Cosmos

The Fabric of the Cosmos, a four-hour documentary series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, the author of The Elegant Universe.
In each of the four episodes, Brian Greene explores a different subject of physics research: Space, Time, Quantum physics and the Multiverse theory.

Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons, is a documentary about critical thinking. Explaining how the vast majority of the population will accept dragons, or their logical equivalents, than to actually try to learn and understand the principle of how things actually work, this documentary is an excellent introduction to critical thinking.

Here Be Dragons is written and presented by Brian Dunning, host and producer of the Skeptoid podcast, author of Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena, and Executive Producer of The Skeptologists.

What Is Reality?

BBC Horizon’s documentary on the nature of reality, titled What Is Reality, delivers lots of fascinating concepts such as the Holographic principle, the search for Higg’s Boson and the nature of black holes to name a few. While a bit too dramatic at times, this show is full of information and does a good job of explaining current scientific trends to its viewers.

Destiny in Space

Destiny in Space gives viewers an exciting glimpse into the future of space exploration. Featuring giant-screen images of the space shuttle in orbit around the Earth and thrilling fly-overs of Mars and Venus.
This is a truly scientific documentary gem here. Full of information about current and future space technologies, Destiny in Space gives us realistic opportunities for mankind to expand into space.

An IMAX(R) camera deployed via satellite provides rare views of the shuttle, in its entirety, orbiting 200 miles above Earth.

The Planets

A bit aged, but definitely one of the most informative documentaries available on astronomy. Composed of 8 one hour long episodes, The Planets give us a history of the space age from both US and Russia’s perspective, detailing all the important events and scientific discoveries during that time. The sheer amount of information provided in this documentary puts many others I have watched to shame.

The Hawking Paradox

This is a BBC production documentary on Stephen Hawking’s work on black holes and the implications of his theory. Stephen Hawking is probably the most famous physicist in the whole world. He became famous for his work on the Big Bang theory as well as his research on black holes. Science had long predicted that if a sufficiently large star collapsed at the end of its life, all the matter left in the star would be crushed into an infinitely small point with infinite gravity and infinite density – a singularity. Hawking laid the foundations of black hole thermodynamics, a theory that explains a lot, but also appears to break some basic physical laws.

Living on Mars

Living on Mars is a National Geographic production documentary dealing with the possibilities of making Mars more hospitable to humans, thus terraforming it.
“On the surface, the red planet’s freeze-dried world of rocks, ice, and dust looks like an unlikely place to plant a garden. But rocks and minerals found by the Mars rovers show it must once have had warmer, habitable living conditions. Now, using photorealistic CGI visualizations, we’ll make a science fiction dream of Mars — a world of trees, rivers, and blue skies — a plausible future, bringing it to life after three-and-a-half billion years in a deep freeze.”

Miracle Planet

Miracle Planet is a 5-video series co-produced by the NFB, NHK Japan, the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel. Filmed around the world and based upon the most recent scientific findings, Miracle Planet combines location footage and interviews with leading scientists, along with computer animation, to vividly depict the cataclysmic events that have shaped our planet and all of the life-forms within it. The five episodes tells a profound and gripping story which places the evolution of life on Earth in perspective with our place in the universe – from the simplest microbes to the complexity and diversity that is found on the planet today.

Inside Planet Earth

A Discovery Channel documentary film about the insides of our planet, all the way to the molten core. With the aid of stunning visual effects, the unexplored interior of the Earth is split wide open, giving us an unbelievable view. From glowing seams of pure iron ore to sparkling diamond caverns to the magnetic field that keeps us safe from the lethal radiation of space.
Very nice production with really beautiful visuals, informative and entertaining, although sometimes visuals can get a bit too much in the first plan, but still a good documentary overall.

Parallel Universes

This is 2001 BBC Horizon documentary film mostly dealing with string theory, M-theory, supergravity and the existence of parallel universes, each one a bit different from the other, with different histories, different event and different laws of physics, thus assuming that everything will happen somewhere, sometime in some universe. Even the same people exist in multiple universes, where their lives may be drastically different, or may even not exist at all…thus encompassing all the possible universes, all possible realities in one multi-verse.
Participants in the documentary include Michio Kaku and Paul Steinhardt.

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