Engines of Our Ingenuity

Engines of Our Ingenuity

The story of technological progress is one of drama and intrigue, sudden insight and plain hard work. Let’s explore technology’s spectacular failures and many magnificent success stories.... Show More

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October 21, 2020 3 min
Episode: 2841 Multiple Big Bangs and Multiple Universes; The Fantastical Multi-Reality of Multiverse.  Today, we imagine the Big Bangs.
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Episode: 3082 Charles Havelock Taylor and Hydraulic Air Compression.  Today, the power of observation.
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Episode: 1514 The resistance movement: a look at ongoing evolution.  Today, we watch creatures evolving around us.
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Episode: 1944 Ruth Elder: A forgotten activist on an old postcard.  Today, an odd postcard.
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Episode: 1943  "Modern" Blacksmithing in 1902.  Today, we learn blacksmithing.
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Episode: 2682 Technical English and the Verbing of Nouns.  Today, we verb a little.
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Episode: 3079 Rodolphe Lindt and Chocolate Conching.  Today, smooth.
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October 12, 2020 3 min
Episode: 1490 Germs, John Snow, and the Broad Street Well.  Today, we talk about germs.
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Episode: 1942 Before the steam engine: seeing solidity in air and steam.  Today, we just begin to invent the steam engine.
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Episode: 1938 Three M-names help us to understand air: Meeting the Zeitgiest.  Today, we learn what air is made of.
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Episode: 3076 Optimization.  Today, we drive to work.
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Episode: 1752 The theater gives us a diagnostic tool for art and life.  Today, our guest, Seattle actor Megan Cole, talks about an acting technique that has surprising uses.
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Episode: 3074 John and Charles Deere.  Today, we see green.
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Episode: 1341 A view of physiology in 1872 -- not that long ago.  Today, let's look at medicine when my grandfather was young.
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Episode: 1939 Simplicity on the other side of complexity: The standard deviation.  Today, complex simplicity.
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Episode: 1937 The Great, and deadly, After-the-Fact, Flying-to-Hawaii, Race.  Today, we fly to Hawaii.
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Episode: 3073 A Look at Continuity.  Today, seeing and getting.
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Episode: 2597 Mathematical models of historical events.  Today, let’s see what mathematics tells us about history.
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Episode: 3070 Leon Theremin's Remarkable Music Machine.  Today, an aural oddity.
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Episode: 1212 Human history in terms of macroparasites and microparasites.  Today, we wonder who feasts upon whom.
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