Genius by Stephen Hawking

Genius by Stephen Hawking

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Stephen Hawking

Credit: Bigger Bang

PBS and National Geographic have partnered on a six-part science series that aims to decode the mysteries of evolutionary biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics. Presented and narrated by renowned theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, Genius by Stephen Hawking challenges ordinary people to think like the greatest scientific minds in history in order to solve some of humanity’s most enduring questions. Genius airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. May 18 through June 1, 2016 on WXXI-TV.

Through the use of large-scale experiments and remarkable demonstrations, the program decodes the mysteries of evolutionary biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics, solving questions like “Why am I here?,” “Are we alone?” and “Can we travel through time?” Each episode features three people with curious minds who must use their own intellect to learn what humanity’s most notable thinkers have discovered about the greatest scientific mysteries over the centuries. Genius takes its participants (and viewers at home) back in time – to ancient Greece, where Eratosthenes calculated the Earth’s circumference – and to more recent history and such thinkers as Edward Hubble, who uncovered and established the distances between our planet and the vast galaxies throughout the universe.

In each of six episodes of Genius, Prof. Hawking presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius. Episode descriptions are listed below:

“Where Are We?” airs May 18 at 9 p.m. Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe — and find our true place in the cosmos?

“What Are We?”airs May 18 at 10 p.m. Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find out what we really are. Self-assembling machines, light-up bacteria and the world’s first physical demonstration of evolution in action conspire to revolutionize their view of life.

“Are We Alone?” airs May25 at 9 p.m. Join Professor Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out the likelihood of alien life out there in the universe. See why the team has their minds blown in a way they were never expecting.

“Why Are We Here?” airs May 25 at 10 p.m. Join Stephen Hawking as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all? Hawking takes them down a rabbit hole of profound realizations, helping them think like philosophers as much as scientists.

“Where Did Universe Come From?” airs June 1 at 9 p.m. Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out where the universe came from. Hawking leads the trio on an extraordinary journey of discovery featuring racing cars, ice-skaters, balloons and running tracks.

“Can I Travel In Time?” airs June 1 at 10 p.m. Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to determine if time travel is possible. The fascinating journey of discovery features DeLoreans, atomic clocks, a giant black hole and a large swath of New York City.

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