Radiation in all its forms and with all its consequences, good and bad. This is the subject of this lively studio-linked programme, taking us from everyday radiation we all experience in our lives through various man-made forms. X-rays are one of the most familiar, with many examples of use in modern medicine. But the harder form of electromagnetic radiation called gamma rays can easily be lethal, as the disaster atChernobylgraphically illustrated.
At longer wavelengths, the development of radio and later television were landmarks, and the film shows how the related research into radar proved telling both in war time and later in civil aviation. The key experiment of Heinrich Hertz in the 19th century paved the way. Studio presenter Professor Hannal Lech then changes gear with an enquiry into whether current uses of mobile phones pose a health risk, concluding this is unlikely.
Presenter: Professor Harald Lesch
Writers: Sabine Armsen and Tobias Schultes
Producers: Christiane Goetz-Sobel, Sabine Armsen, Tobias Schultes
CAUGHT UP: A NETWORK OF RADIATION is being shown as part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival at 11:15 on Friday 13th July 2012. A full festival programme can be found here.