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.

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August 1, 2021 3 min
Episode: 2086 George Henry Lewes, Victorian "man of letters."  Today, a man of letters.
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Episode: 3259 Conceding error -- a treason to yield.  Today, we resist reason.
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Episode: 2668 Learning about quilting at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  Today, a stitch in time.
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Episode: 2831 Reading the Long History of Cosmopolitan Magazine.  Today, a great American magazine.
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Episode: 2665 Intellectual vigilance: when obvious isn't obvious.  Today, the people on the bus.
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Episode: 3258 In which a Nazi is named Righteous Among the Nations.  Today, righteousness in a strange place.
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Episode: 2085 The Eruption of Thera: a terrible volcano redirects history.  Today, a natural disaster alters history.
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Episode: 2083 Trouble in the history books: Revisiting the Orukter Amphibolus.  Today, trouble in the history books.
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Episode: 2663 Horatio Alger.  Today, a Horatio Alger story.
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Episode: 3065 Victor and Eva Saxl: Love, War and Homemade Insulin.  Today, love, war and insulin.
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Episode: 2660 Computers, Brains, and the Church-Turing Thesis.? Today, inside the machine.
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Episode: 2082 Date Nails: a historical record left in the wood.  Today, we nail down dates.
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Episode: 2084 Bush pilots: Opening up remote corners of the world.  Today, bush pilots.
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Episode: 2080 China: A case history in the survival/nonsurvival of invention.  Today, we ask why only some inventions survive.
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Episode: 2659 The influence of role models in shaping creative minds.? Today, possibilities.
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Episode: 2884 Communicating Through Pictures: The Japanese Language.  Today, the images of Kanji.
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Episode: 2657 Pierre de Montmort, derangements, and the number e.  Today, derangements.
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Episode: 2079 A lost locomotive, The America.  Today, a lost locomotive.
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Episode: 2072 Exponential growth: trying to square the metaphor with the math.  Today, a national anthem has come and gone.
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Episode: 2078 Today, why does sound have a speed?
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