Episode: 2046 We struggle not to begin an inquiry with its conclusion. Today, we try not to begin with our conclusion.
Episode: 2045 Thomas Blanchard, little-known, and remarkably productive, American inventor. Today, a great inventor flies under our radar.
Episode: 2044 Kettering's failed guided missile -- a 1918 Buzz-Bomb. Today, Kettering's Buzz Bomb.
Episode: 2623 Thomas Carlyle and the Working of Free Markets. Today, economic salvation.
Episode: 2710 The First Fatality in Powered Flight Awakens the World to the Dangers of Aviation. Today, the first powered aviation fatality.
Episode: 2622 Watson: A computer system that plays Jeopardy!. Today, Jeopardy!.
Episode: 2042 Looking at a brave new scientific world in 1922. Today, science and change.
Episode: 2041 James B. Emerson: iconoclastic 19th-C turbine developer. Today, an iconoclast tests turbines.
Episode: 2037 Of sleep and dreams. Today, why do we sleep?
Episode: 1856 Form and feeling, a necessary partnership. Today, our guest. Seattle actor Megan Cole, considers a necessary partnership.
Episode: 2614 Engineering Pictures Made of Pixels. Today, painting with pixels.
Episode: 2036 Edward Frankland: A brilliant chemist with a weighty secret. Today, a remarkable Victorian chemist,and his dark secret.
Episode: 2034 The High-Wheeler, a brief and remarkable moment in bicycle evolution. Today, the brief day of the high-wheeler.
Episode: 2033 Milton Grosvenor Howe's remarkable drafting textbook. Today, an intimate look at America emerging.
Episode: 2611 Early science fiction: Kepler's Somnium. Today, a dream.
Episode: Ancel Keys and the Link between Diet and Heart Disease. Today, a heart doctor who wasn’t.
Episode: 2608 Maria Telkes: Solar Energy Pioneer. Today, here comes the sun.
Episode: 2032 Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps: revolution and conservativism entwined. Today, a conservative voice in a radical cause.
Episode: 2030 In which we listen to ghosts, and they explain history to us. Today, we learn history from ghosts.
Episode: 2029 The last great biplane fighter -- the Polikarpov beyond its prime. Today, an airplane in the shifting skies of war.
Episode: 2606 More Beautiful Books: revisiting books by the foot. Today, the measure of a book.
Episode: 2707 Models of the world. Today, let’s talk about models.
Episode: 3253 Teaching Computers to Think. Today, Teaching a Computer.
Episode: 2028 The B-36: an airplane that fell in the crack of technological change. Today, we fall into a technological crack.
Episode: 2026 Ritual origins of technology: balance and metaphor. Today, we meet the mother of invention, and she's not the lady we expected.
Episode: 2025 Looking for LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor. Today, our last universal common ancestor.
Episode: 2603 Correlation and Risk: When more egg baskets don't help. Today, eggs and baskets.
Episode: 2798 Behold the Mighty Transistor. Today, a small item creates a large impact.
Episode: 3252 The Astronomy Lessons of Curious George's Creator. Today, Curious George shows us the stars.
Episode: 2023 George Hubert Wilkins: a life brimful and running over. Today, we risk our lives.
Episode: 2022 Alexander W. Brandon's, and my father's, old surveying book. Today, another ghost in an old book.
Episode: 2020 The screwdriver: archetype of subtle obviousness. Today, let's talk about screwdrivers.
Episode: 2599 The Art of Attraction: Imagery from Strange Attractors. Today, the art of attraction.
Episode: 2018 The Chamberlen family secret: the invention of forceps. Today, guest historian Cathy Patterson reveals family secrets.
Episode: 2598 Henri Poincaré, the three body problem, and chaos. Today, three bodies.
Episode: 2019 Robert Millikan: a remarkable late-bloomer in modern physics. Today, the man who didn't want to be a physicist.
Episode: 2017 In which we S-T-R-E-T-C-H our imaginations. Today, let us stretch out imaginations.
Episode: 2016 In which we invent a new word: Multigenium. Today, let's fill a void with a new word.
Episode: 2596 Golf Club Grooves: How small changes in technology can cause controversy. Today’s episode is brought to you by the letters U and V.
Episode: 2873 The Search for Extraterrestrial Life; Drake Equation Explained; Aliens from Other Planets. Today, an encounter of the third kind.
Episode: 3251 Alma Mahler, Composer of Haunting Songs. Today, music that blooms forth.
Episode: 2015 Five Hornblowers and three generations of steam engine development. Today, five Hornblowers.
Episode: 2013 Battleship Texas: a lesson in technological change. Today, Battleship Texas.
Episode: 2012 In which we use 125 questions to explain science. Today, 125 Questions.
Episode: 2594 Mapping the World: Ptolemy's Geographia. Today, a man and a map.
Episode: 2448 Sergei Rachmaninoff visits a hypnotist to remove his writer's block. Today, a composer unblocked.
Episode: 2591 Instant runoff voting and the Academy Awards. Today, what’s best?
Episode: 2011 Doubt and Leadership: The value of finding our own ignorance. Today, thoughts on leadership and doubt.
Episode: 2009 The End of Books, as seen in 1894. Today, a surprising vision of a future.
Episode: 2008 Figuring Out Science: Our surprising scientifically-savvy great-grandparents. Today, figuring out science in 1876.
Episode: 2588 Synthetic Sound Waves. Today, the sound of music.
Episode: 2824 An 18th-century catalogue of brass objects, an early approach to marketing, and decorative drawer handles. Today, we look at a mysterious catalogue.
Episode: 2585 The technology of timing races. Today, who won that race?
Episode: 2007 The Canonical Inventor, stepping over the tipping point. Today, canonical inventors.
Episode: 2005 Abram S. Hewitt: The other side of genius. Today, the other side of genius.
Episode: 2004 Rice, silk, taxes, and technological change in medieval China. Today, rice and silk.
Episode: 2583 Children and their Goals. Today, president, pope, astronaut.
Episode: 2818 The Pompeian Paradox and Fiorelli's Body Casts. Today, the Pompeian paradox.
Episode: 2578 The Wonders of Water Towers. Today, water flows downhill.
Episode: 2003 Counterfeit: On making money without delivering the goods. Today, we make money.
Episode: 2230 James Banning, pioneering Black pilot. Today, James Herman Banning.
Episode: 2001 Of beasts, Bibles and Evolution: Intimations of Darwin in King James' court. Today, beasts and Bibles.
Episode: 2576 Are screw caps good for wine? Today, a turn of the screw.
Episode: 2691 What Happens to the Human Body When Exposed to Vacuum? Today, the body at vacuum.
Episode: 2575 The illustrious history of Prime Numbers. Today, some numbers for the ages.
Episode: 2000 The Arc of Inventions, and the problem of selecting a hero. Today, the Arc of Inventions.
Episode: 2656 An American in Paris: Eugene Bullard, Black hero in the jazz age. Today, an American in Paris.
Episode: 1076 Slave Inventors and question, "Who owns an idea?" Today, we ask, "Who should own a patent?"
Episode: 2572 Melville and Anna Bissell and the Carpet Sweeper. Today, a husband and wife engineer success.
Episode: 2684 Will Computers Replace Scientists? Today, will computers replace scientists?
Episode: 2570 Celebrating Human Ingenuity. Today, a story in two parts.
Episode: 1998 Fast presses and the new literacy. Today, let the presses roll.
Episode: 1709 Cap Wigington. Today, a remarkable architect.
Episode: 2563 The Prolific Isaac Asimov. Today, science or fiction?
Episode: 2666 Codes, ciphers and Alan Turing. Today codes, ciphers and Alan Turing.
Episode: 2562 Paul Samuelson and the textbook Economics. Today, a book that helped educate the world.
Episode: 3250 The sophisticated simplicity of an opening umbrella. Today, let's open our umbrella.
Episode: 1999 A new book for Mary Anne Howley: and a revolution unfulfilled. Today, a ghost in a book.
Episode: 1996 The organ electric in a brave new world. Today, the organ electric.
Episode: 2559 Going, Going, Gone! A look at auctions. Today, going, going, gone!
Episode: 2816 Sir William Hamilton and the Beginnings of Volcanology. Today, the beginnings of volcanology.
Episode: 3249 Behaving As If, a Skill for Containing Stress. Today, a skill for challenging times.
Episode: 3248 How and why our rivers meander: mechanics vs. teleology. Today, our rivers meander.
Episode: 1997 The one book that Johann Gutenberg printed. Today, a new look at Gutenberg.
Episode: 1995 Sky Captain fighting evil in his P-40 -- in the year 2004. Today, we fly P-40s.
Episode: 2556 Euclid's Elements, David Hilbert, and modern notions of mathematical abstraction. Today, making a point.
Episode: 2658 Massively Multiplayer Math. Today, let’s talk massively multiplayer mathematics.
Episode: 3247 Proust, Turing, and the Measure of Humanity. Today, we go from Turing to Proust.
Episode: 1992 Harvey and Willis at Oxford during the English Civil War. Today, Oxford after war.
Episode: 1993 Henry Augustis Rowland: of technology, science, and contradiction. Today, technology, science, and contradiction.
Episode: 1990 Max Munk, aerodynamics, and aimful thinking. Today, Max Munk and aimful thinking.
Episode: 2554 The Creativity of Slogans and Jingles. Today, “think different.”
Episode: 2439 Reflections on Hurricane Ike and the effect of satellite technology on the hurricane experience. Today, picturing monsters.
Episode: 2555 The brave new world of digitizing books for the Web. Today, this old book.
Episode: 1989 I didn't have a choice -- or did I? Today, I have a choice.
Episode: 1988 The Saro Princess, a fitting finish for a lost breed. Today, we'll fly the Princess seaplane.
Episode: 1987 Looking for Animal Laughter -- and finding it. Today, the animals laugh.
Episode: 2552 Frederick the Great, Patron of the Arts. Today, what made Frederick great?
Episode: 2813 Seneca the Younger and the Great Earthquake of 62 AD. Today, an ancient earthquake.
Episode: 3246 Helium, a Noble Gas with a Noble Purpose. Today, Helium, a noble gas.
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