Order and Disorder with Jim Al-Khalili


Series 1 - Episode 1 Energy



What is energy? The excellent Jim Al-Khalili tackles one of those questions – children tend to hit upon them – that sound banal on the surface but actually took us a few centuries to answer. Scientists the layman may not have heard of, namely Leibniz, Carnot, Clausius and Boltzmann, are celebrated as we learn how they collectively gave us the first and second laws of thermodynamics.

Prof Al-Khalili’s clear explanations and juicy biographical details are bolstered by winning contributors and some nice visual touches — stark white backdrops cleansing the palate before each new segment, for instance. An entertaining hour later, you’ll finally know what entropy is…


The theoretical physicist tells the story of how the rules of the universe were discovered. In the first programme he explores energy, assessing its importance to daily existence, how it links everything together, and how it helps people make sense of the world.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Jim Al-Khalili
Director Nic Stacey
Executive Producer Paul Sen