Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore the question – What Is the Secret of Life? In the fifth episode of “The Story of Science,” Michael Mosley traces the story of how science answered this question.
Michael Moseley tells the story of how the secret of life has been unraveled through the prism of the most complex organism known – the human body. It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, unfolds with the macabre work and near-perfect drawings of Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance, through the idea of the ‘life force’ of electricity, to the microscopic world of the cell. It reveals how a moral crisis unleashed by work on the nuclear bomb helped trigger a great breakthrough in biology – understanding the structure and workings of the master molecule of life, DNA.
The Story Of Science – What Is The Secret of Life?