Episode: 1689 Numismatics -- coins as a historical record. Today, let's read what's written on coins.
Episode: 1686 In which steam engines struggle to teach us thermodynamics. Today, a story about theory and practice.
Episode: 2908 Kurt Vonnegut, engineers, and scientists. Today, so it goes.
Episode: 1685 Lord Mad Jack Byron, James Watt, & George Gordon, 6th Lord Byron. Today, a strange connection between Lord Byron and steam power.
Episode: 2907 Quantum Computing. Today, it’s magic.
Episode: 1684 In which we study an old machinist's handbook. Today, a revolutionary's handbook.
Episode: 1682 Count von Zeppelin learns about flying in St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, see if you can guess our mystery inventor.
Episode: 2906 The Octopus Mind. Today, alien intelligence.
Episode: 1681 The Literary Digest tells us about science in 1904. Today, a bright new century.
Episode: 2904 Chatterbots and the Turing Test. Today, we chat.
Episode: 1679 The last days of Pompeii, rather like our own lives. Today, we visit Pompeii.
Episode: 1678 Weave a circle and change history. Today, we close a circle.
Episode: 2903: Delicately Engineered Hummingbirds. Today, life as a blur.
Episode: 1677 In which I encounter the 16th Century in a Fort Worth Museum. Today, we trick the eye.
Episode: 2902 ELIZA: Artificial Psychotherapist. Today, mindless conversation.
Episode: 1676 Some 2500 year old Chinese bells harbor a secret. Today, some very-old bells with a surprising secret.
Episode: 1674 Fulton's last boat: the steam-powered Battery-Catamaran. Today, Fulton's last boat.
Episode: 3207 Repairing New Zealand's Damaged Ecosystem. Today, what once was.
Episode: 1673 Who was Marie Lavoisier, amanuensis or collaborator? Today, meet Marie Lavoisier.
Episode: 2900 Hayek: the economist's contributions in neuroscience and philosophy. Today, a man who crossed over.
Episode: 1670 John Tyndall: measuring sound without electronics. Today, how did people measure sound in the nineteenth century?
Episode: 1669 Linus Torvalds, and giving away Linux. Today, a parable about giving versus selling.
Episode: 2898 Keynes and Hayek: The nuances of their economic perspectives. Today, how different were they?
Episode: 1668 Scientific instruments creating a new rhetoric. Today, new sciences, new languages.
Episode: 2895 Measuring up: How we measure, and perceive, inclines. Today, measuring "up."
Episode: 1667 In which we look at the problem of seeing what we expect to see. Today, we try to see what we're looking at.
Episode: 1666 In which we watch books growing old. Today, we watch books grow old.
Episode: 2894 Wastewater Treatment. Today, the unmentionable.
Episode: 1665 Making Artificial hearts and minds in the sixteenth century. Today, artificial hearts, minds, and voices.
Episode: 2891 Specifics and Generalities: teaching and the problem of universals. Today, what exactly is that?
Episode: 1664 Nomogram: the analog computer in one of its early incarnations. Today, nomograms, analogs, and a forgotten world.
Episode: 1662 A book on water: between two worlds in an old library. Today, we're between two worlds in an old library.
Episode: 2889 An important step toward solving the twin primes conjecture. Today, almost twins.
Episode: 1661 Where are all the Engineers? Appearing to be something else, it would seem. Today, where did all the engineers go?
Episode: 2887 Apple's most famous flop: The Newton. Today, before there was "i."
Episode: 1659 Otto Lilienthal and Orville Wright -- one died and the other lived. Today, one pioneer of flight dies while another lives.
Episode: 1658 A skill eliminates itself: from drafting to computers. Today, a skill eliminates itself.
Episode: 3206 Australia Wins The America's Cup. Today, they came from the land down under.
Episode: 1657 In which nature multiplies outcomes. Today, nature and multiplication.
Episode: 2886 Not Just Gadgets: The Science of Engineering Systems. Today, beyond gadgets.
Episode: 1656 Electric power comes to Telluride, Colorado. Today, we install a dynamo on a mountaintop.
Episode: 1655 After the flood: Freeze-drying the history of desegragation. Today, we Freeze-dry our past.
Episode: 2883 A dead salmon points the way to better brain imaging. Today, outrageous research.
Episode: 1654 The forgotten renewable energy source, tidal (or lunar) power. Today, solar power and lunar power.
Episode: 2879 The Economics of Empty Shipping Containers. Today, empty boxes.
Episode: 1653 Aeolian harps, transmission wires, and vortex wakes. Today, the Aeolian harp.
Episode: 1652 Justus von Liebig and the first R&D laboratory. Today, we create the first research laboratory.
Episode: U-boats in the First World War. Today, full speed ahead.
Episode: 1650 Learning about the stability of aeroplanes in 1916. Today, we worry about airplane stability in 1916.
Episode: 2875 Pierre Fauchard, Father of Modern Dentistry. Today, a profession comes of age.
Episode: 1649 Reginald Fessenden endows radio with sound. Today, we add sound to radio.
Episode: 1648 Building a dirigible to get to the California gold rush. Today, some thoughts on success, failure, and flying to California.
Episode: 2872 The Stimpmeter: Golf's Supremely Simple Maintenance Tool. Today, low tech in a high tech game.
Episode: 1646 Thinking about who had done what by what age. Today, who did what by when?
Episode: 2870 The Canal du Midi. Today, coast to coast.
Episode: 1645 Figuring out the value of Pi. Today, let's talk about -- and not the kind you eat.
Episode: 1644 An 18th-century doctor helps great-grandmother raise grandpa. Today, we raise a nineteenth-century child.
Episode: 3205 Alice Augusta Ball and Her Work on Leprosy. Today, a legacy with a sad coda.
Episode: 1643 In which Athanasius Kircher softens the 17th-C scientific revolution. Today, -- after Galileo.
Episode: 3204 Transforming Transportation from Engines to Motors. Today, our thoughts are about motors instead of engines.
Episode: 1642 Reflections upon Halley's, and other, Comets. Today, a comet approaches.
Episode: 1641 Aaron Montgomery Ward and the catalog that didn't belong in a store. Today, meet Montgomery Ward.
Episode: 2868 Scholasticism: Reason or Revelation? Today, reason or revelation?
Episode: 1640 Learning electricity and learning about technological revolutions. Today, we become electrified.
Episode: 2865 Computer Divide: The Future of Microprocessors. Today, two roads.
Episode: 1639 Helios, NASA's high-flying almost-satellite. Today, let us ride Helios' golden chariot.
Episode: 1638 Floating airports: How to fly the ocean in 1930. Today, let us hop across the ocean.
Episode: 2863 Bits, Nibbles, and Bytes. Today, bits, nibbles, and bytes.
Episode: 1637 In which science and magic struggle to become separate pursuits. Today, let's practice Natural Magic.
Episode: 2860 Navigating the Cascade Tunnel. Today, the tale of a tunnel.
Episode: 1636 Of books and learning in nineteenth-century America. Today, thoughts on books and learning.
Episode: 1635 At the Sign of the Barber Pole: of barbers and barber-surgeons. Today, reflections in a barbershop.
Episode: 2859 The Mind of Georg Cantor. Today, who was Georg Cantor?
Episode: 1634 Flying the Aegean Sea in Daedalus' slipstream. Today, we mix a magic drink for Daedalus and Icarus.
Episode: 3203 The Shape of Proteins. Today, let's talk about the shape of proteins.
Episode: 1633 In which a Cambridge don doubts his own calculus teaching. Today, a mathematician misses the point.
Episode: 1632 Rediscovering the sunken Union Monitor. Today, we find the first modern warship -- on the ocean floor.
Episode: 3202 Gladys West and the Geoid. Today, a quiet hero.
Episode: 1631 Learning to subtract 49 from 62: more than meets the eye. Today, what is 49 from 62?
Episode: 2857 Leonid Kantorivich, Soviet Mathematician and Economist. Today, an economic wonder.
Episode: 1630 In which we ponder a very subjective notion of reality. Today, nature changes before our eyes.
Episode: 1629 An old book tells about textile engineering and conservatism. Today, we resist change.
Episode: 3201 Some Reflections on Minimalist Music. Today, minimal.
Episode: 1628 The first red cross ambulance. Today, we care for wounded soldiers.
Episode: 3200 Two for One: The Banach-Tarski Paradox. Today, two for the price of one.
Episode: 1627 A shocking look at medications in 1892 shows us how far we've come. Today, we measure how far we've come.
Episode: 1625 Telephone inventor Elisha Gray talks about miracles. Today, a telephone inventor talks about miracles.
Episode: 1624 Garrett A. Morgan: Black American inventor. Today, thoughts about traffic lights, gas masks, and hair straighteners.
Episode: 2855 Plainchant, Gregorian Chant, and Today's Music. Today, plain and simple.
Episode: 1623 The textbooks of J. Dorman and Esther Steele. Today, we meet two very special teachers.
Episode: 1622 Fingerprints, crime detection, and identification. Today, I ask, "Who are you?"
Episode: 2853 Radio frequency identification and toll roads. Today, we ease on down the road.
Episode: 1621 Motherland: The Stalingrad Memorial. Today, we visit a really big statue.
Episode: 2364 46 BC: In which Julius Caesar creates the longest year. Today, UH scholar Richard Armstrong tells us about the longest year in history.
Episode: 2566 Taking Champagne to the Masses. Today, we pop the cork.
Episode: 1620 The Indian canoe -- another perfected technology. Today, birch-bark canoes.
Episode: 2850 Centuries of Dutch Flood Control. Today, living on the delta.
Episode: 1619 Theatre of Machines -- forerunners of engineering handbooks. Today, the first handbooks.
Episode: 2848 The Corrugated Cardboard Box. Today, the power of fluting.
Episode: 1585 In which the elephant Prathida teaches me about dissonance and Christmas. Today, dissonance, elephants, and the holiday season.