Part three and the last episode of Science Britannica presented by professor Brian Cox who has been taking us on a 350 year year journey through British science and innovation. Science in Britain has often been the beholder of discoveries that where made by complete chance or by simply asking question like; Why is the sky blue? This very question helped to discover a solution for bacterial infection and went on to induce the discovery of the first synthetic dye. Is a question of luck something that should make up British science in the future?
Brian Cox looks into how discoveries are actually made and hopes to answer a question about the funding of science in Britain. Do we only back the winners or do we let all scientists do their own thing in the hope of a chance discovery?