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The History of Science & Technology
What drives progress? How did humanity establish such powerful methods for discovering truth, and how did we apply that knowledge to building the modern world? Here, historian of science & technology Brad Harris presents a collection of podcasts that gives a glimpse of this grand story.
7 episodes, 6 hours 15 mins
Modern Science: From Belief to Knowledge
In this episode, historian Brad Harris explores the origins of our modern methods of scientific discovery. From ancient Greeks who developed rational inquiry to Galileo and Newton who led the Scientific Revolution, the historical process of moving beyond belief to securing real knowledge about the world is revealed. By Brad Harris, Historian of Science & Technology. For more information on this episode, including a select bibliography, visit howitbegan.com.
Robert Hooke (Summer Repeat)
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Robert Hooke (1635-1703) who worked for Robert Boyle and was curator of experiments at the Royal Society. The engraving of a flea, above, is taken from his Micrographia which caused a sensation when published in 1665. Sometimes remembered for his disputes with Newton, he studied the planets with telescopes and snowflakes with microscopes. He was an early proposer of a theory of evolution, discovered light diffraction with a wave theory to explain it and felt he was rarely given due credit for his discoveries. With David Wootton Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York Patricia Fara President Elect of the British Society for the History of Science And Rob Iliffe Professor of History of Science at Oxford University Producer: Simon Tillotson First broadcast on 18th February 2016
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn
Ad free availableThe Structure of Scientific Revolutionsis one of the most cited books of all time. Thomas Kuhn insightfully challenged our assumptions about science, but also ignited a cultural movement energized around the misinterpretation that scientific progress was an illusion. This idea became a pillar of postmodernism, and no one was more frustrated by the folly of its development than Thomas Kuhn himself. You can support Context on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/context,or through https://bradharris.co
S1 EP4 - Great Leap Years - Raising the Vail and Catching the Tube
The sperm whale, Bell Labs, vacuum tubes and the dawning age of information at the speed of light. Researched, written & read byStephen Fry. Music composed and conducted byGuy Farleywith The Chamber Orchestra of London. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Measuring Time: The Hidden Mechanism of Modernity
Our submergence in the flow of time makes it difficult to comprehend how fundamental timekeeping technology has been to the evolution of civilization. But, to wind up the mechanism of modernity, our mastery of clockwork was critical. Where did the authority of our clockwork come from? I give you measuring time, and how it began. To support How It Began, https://howitbegan.com/support. For more information, https://howitbegan.com.
Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, by Peter Atkins
Ad free availableIf civilization collapsed, and our descendants could rediscover one work to get back on track, Peter Atkins’ Galileo’s Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, would be a contender. If there are miracles, Atkins would argue they are not found in the conjectures of things unexplained, but in the power to achieve cosmic insights through science. Here, he distills his choices for the most profound of those insights. Support Context athttps://www.patreon.com/context Learn more athttps://bradharris
Steven Pinker: A New Enlightenment
The Enlightenment worked, says Steven Pinker. By promoting reason, science, humanism, progress, and peace, the programs set in motion by the 18th-Century intellectual movement became so successful we’ve lost track of what that success came from. Some even discount the success itself, preferring to ignore or deny how much better off humanity keeps becoming, decade after decade, in terms of health, food, money, safety, education, justice, and opportunity. The temptation is to focus on the daily news, which is often dire, and let it obscure the long term news, which is shockingly good. This is the 21st Century, not the 18th, with different problems and different tools. What are Enlightenment values and programs for now?
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