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Monday 11 May 2015: Scotland's Forgotten Einstein, James Clerk Maxwell

To mark the International Year of Light, Dr. Suzie Mitchell takes a look at the life and influence of ‘Scotland’s Forgotten Einstein’ - Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell.  Clerk Maxwell's life-long curiosity about the world and his gift for solving complicated puzzles led him to a string of discoveries. Considered one of the most influential scientists of all time, Albert Einstein acknowledged that the origins of the special theory of relativity lay in Clerk Maxwell's theories, saying “The work of James Clerk Maxwell changed the world forever”.

Tuesday 12 May 2015: The Islamic State's Social Media Machine 1 of 2

The group that calls itself Islamic State has been extremely adept in how they use social media to recruit fighters, as well as spread terror and propaganda.  In the first of two programmes Dominic Casciani explores the way the so called Islamic State use social media to recruit people to their cause, and what can be done combat this.

Wednesday 13 May 2015: Georgia: Orthodoxy in the Classroom

Natalia Antelava asks if the creeping influence of the Orthodox Church in Georgia’s schools is turning them into a breeding ground for radical Christianity. Georgia’s liberal politicians say only alignment with Europe and US will allow Georgia to overcome its post-Soviet past and survive as an independent nation.

Thursday 14 May 2015: Saudi Arabia - Sands of Time #3 of 3

In the third and final programme of the series Saudi Arabia - Sands of Time - Tarek Osman considers how the impact of the 2011 Arab uprisings was felt in Saudi Arabia.  As King Salman takes power, the royal family is coming towards the end of the line of sons of the founder of the Kingdom, Abdel Aziz Ibn Saud. Tarek considers the future of this traditional society and global banker of oil as a new generation of leaders and citizens waits in the wings.