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Genius by Stephen Hawking Premieres May 18

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CET and ThinkTV will premiere a new, six-part series that challenges an ordinary group of people to think like the greatest minds in history to solve some of humanity’s most enduring questions. Genius by Stephen Hawking will air at 9pm and 10pm Wednesdays from May 18 through June 1 on ThinkTV16 and CET.

Through the use of large-scale experiments and remarkable demonstrations, the program decodes the mysteries of evolutionary biology, astrophysics and quantum mechanics, solving questions like “Why am I here?” “Are we alone?” and “Can we travel through time?” Each episode features three people with curious minds who must use their own intellect to learn what humanity’s most notable thinkers have discovered about the greatest scientific mysteries over the centuries. Genius takes its participants (and viewers at home) back in time – to ancient Greece, where Eratosthenes calculated the Earth’s circumference – and to more recent history and such thinkers as Edward Hubble, who uncovered and established the distances between our planet and the vast galaxies throughout the universe.

“The series puts complex scientific concepts into easily digestible layman’s terms,” Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for National Geographic Channel, said in a press release. “The experiments are spectacular and illustrate some of the most important ideas from some of the greatest minds in history in highly engaging ways. My hope is that Stephen Hawking and this series encourage more minds around the globe to engage with the scientific challenges of tomorrow.”

Here’s a brief description of each episode:

Episode 1: “Can We Time Travel?”

Premieres Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to determine if time travel is possible. The fascinating journey of discovery features DeLoreans, atomic clocks, a giant black hole and a large swath of New York City.

Episode 2: “Are We Alone?”

Premieres Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Join Professor Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out the likelihood of alien life out there in the universe. See why the team has their minds blown in a way they were never expecting.

Episode 3: “Why Are We Here?”

Premieres Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Join Stephen Hawking as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all? Hawking takes them down a rabbit hole of profound realizations, helping them think like philosophers as much as scientists.

Episode 4: “Where Did Universe Come From?”

Premieres Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out where the universe came from. Hawking leads the trio on an extraordinary journey of discovery featuring racing cars, ice-skaters, balloons and running tracks.

Episode 5: “What Are We?”

Premieres Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16

Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find out what we really are. Self-assembling machines, light-up bacteria and the world’s first physical demonstration of evolution in action conspire to revolutionize their view of life.

Episode 6: “Where Are We?”

Premieres Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 10pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe — and find our true place in the cosmos?