Engines of Our Ingenuity
Summary: 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.
Episode: 1382 Symphysiotomy: Surgery and the clockwork mind of Rationalism. Today, clockwork and surgery.
Episode: 1380 William O'Shaughnessy and India's telegraph system. Today, telegraphy comes to India.
Episode: 3137 Igor Stravinski's The Rite of Spring. Today, a Russian revolution.
Episode: 3136 The Whale Oil Myth: The unrelated collapse of whaling and rise of petroleum. Today, did big oil save the whales?
Episode: 2618 Søren Kierkegaard: Christian Existentialist. Today, an exit.
Episode: 1379 Frank and Peter Griffin: teaching calculus. Today, an obituary brings back memories.
Episode: 1378 The wreck of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald; "Only a lake!" Today, just a lake!
Episode: 2614 Engineering Pictures Made of Pixels. Today, painting with pixels.
Episode: 1377 Benjamin Franklin writes about music and electricity. Today, Ben Franklin talks about music.
Episode: 2611 Early science fiction: Kepler’s Somnium. Today, a dream.
Episode: 1376 Frère Jacques: The canonical hours and mechanical clocks. Today, religious practice and the mechanical clock.
Episode: 3135 Nabuo Fujita returns in peace to Brookings, OR, after have waged war there. Today, a war comes to an end.
Episode: 2608 Maria Telkes: Solar Energy Pioneer. Today, here comes the sun.
Episode: 1375 Leibniz, Newton, and the great calculus dispute. Today, we throw Leibniz's cat into the super collider.
Episode: 2606 More Beautiful Books: revisiting books by the foot. Today, the measure of a book.