Due to my enthusiasm for all things science, I decided to watch Dara O Brian’s Science Club in my spare time while I do some physics revision to prepare me for my (possible) university interview in December. So far I’ve watched all of the episodes of Season 2 and I’ve decided that I will proceed to watching Season 1 soon.
For me, the most valuable part of watching the show was seeing how scientists apply the different textbook theories that I may have learnt in my lessons to real life situations. I particularly enjoyed seeing the different uses of light in action: how X-Rays produced in synchrotrons allow microbiologists to see the atomic structure of bacteria which would in turn help them to devise more safe and efficient vaccinations and how shining lasers through a liquid and analysing the light scattered by the liquid can create a graph of the composition of chemicals in the liquid.
If you’re interested in the latest scientific breakthroughs too, Science Club also covers that. Of course, you could keep up to date by reading the New Scientist magazine too but that is just another positive of the show.
I would recommend this show for entertainment purposes and not something to revise with as the actual scientific disciplines covered in this show is not very in-depth. However, it’s enjoyable and fun to watch - sometimes shocking too.