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Engines of Our Ingenuity

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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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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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By Dr. Eitz - May 03 2020
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The podcasters cover an amazing array of subjects, but each presented in an engaging short format.

Couldn’t Ask for a Better History of Science and Engineering Podcast

By Michael D. McAuley - Jun 26 2018
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Have been listening for years, and John Lienhard is still going strong!

iTunes Ratings

113 Ratings
Average Ratings
104
3
1
1
4

Broad range of subjects

By Dr. Eitz - May 03 2020
Read more
The podcasters cover an amazing array of subjects, but each presented in an engaging short format.

Couldn’t Ask for a Better History of Science and Engineering Podcast

By Michael D. McAuley - Jun 26 2018
Read more
Have been listening for years, and John Lienhard is still going strong!
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Engines of Our Ingenuity

Latest release on Aug 07, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3235: Verna Fields, “Mother Cutter”

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Episode: 3235 Gender, labor history, and the devaluation of film editing.  Today, the mother of all film editors.

May 26 2020

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Rank #2: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1879: Right Now

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Episode: 1879 Living in the present: an impossible goal.  Today, we look for Right Now.

May 24 2020

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Rank #3: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3045: The Pneumatic Tire

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Episode: 3045 The Pneumatic Tire.  Today, a better wheel.

Apr 30 2020

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Rank #4: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1880: Clark and Bronowski

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Episode: 1880 Kenneth Clark and Jacob Bronowski: a convergence.  Today, Kenneth Clark and Jacob Bronowski.

May 25 2020

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Rank #5: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1862: Fine Press Incunabula

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Episode: 1862 The most beautiful book. But handsome is as handsome does.  Today, the most beautiful book -- but so what?

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #6: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1865: The Kinzua Viaduct

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Episode: 1865 Octave Chanute and the Kinzua Viaduct: bridging two centuries.  Today, a story of railroads and airplanes.

Apr 27 2020

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Rank #7: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1866: The Charlotte Dundas

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Episode: 1866 Another first steamboat, the Charlote Dundas.  Today, another first steamboat.

May 01 2020

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Rank #8: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3043: Captcha

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Episode: 3043 Are You Human? The Story Behind Captcha.  Today, are you human?

Apr 28 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1915: A Walk Up-Town

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Episode: 1915 A walk through lower Manhattan in 1900.  Today, a walk up-town.

Aug 07 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3057: Ivan Pavlov

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Episode: 3057 Ivan Pavlov: Digestion and Conditioned Reflex.  Today, a Pavlovian perspective.

Aug 06 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2557: The Google Ranking Algorithm

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Episode: 2557 Linear algebra, the mathematics behind Google's ranking algorithm.  Today, let’s talk about how Google ranks your search results.

Aug 05 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2535: Times Tables

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Episode: 2535 The base of a number system: times tables and memorization. Today, go forth and multiply.

Aug 04 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1014: War on Disease

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Episode: 1014 Making war on disease: a tricky business.  Today, total war proves to be a dangerous business.

Aug 03 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1917: Etienne Jules Marey

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Episode: 1917 In which Etienne Jules Marey tries to copy the animals.  Today, we try to build machines that work like animals.

Aug 02 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1914: Cal Rodgers and Vin Fiz

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Episode: 1914 Cal Rodgers and the great Vin Fiz trans-America flight.  Today, we fly across America -- for the first time.

Jul 31 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3239: The Materialism Controversy

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Episode: 3239 A Materialist Controversy Inspired by the Human Body.  Today, a never-ending feud.

Jul 30 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2780: Mail Plane to History Maker

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Episode: 2780 Mail Plane to History Maker.  Today, a very odd design feature.

Jul 29 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1913: Inventing the Street

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Episode: 1913 The medieval invention of the city street.  Today, we invent the city street.

Jul 27 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1911: Submarines in 1915

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Episode: 1911 In which we invent the submarine to create world peace.  Today, we invent the submarine to create world peace.

Jul 26 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1910: ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas

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Episode: 1910 Ibn Firnas and an airplane in Andalusia.  Today, an airplane in Andalusia.

Jul 24 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 3238: Whitewashing

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Episode: 3238 Whitewash, as Metaphor and Practice.  Today, whitewashing.

Jul 23 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2533: The Power of Three

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Episode: 2533 On Table Legs and Flat Surfaces.  Today, the power of three.

Jul 23 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2991: Writing in Colors

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Episode: 2991 Tswett and the Development of Chromatography.  Today, we write in colors.

Jul 22 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2529: Comparing Fingerprints

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Episode: 2529 Comparing Fingerprints: What's Involved and What can go Wrong.  Today, who dunnit?

Jul 21 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1908: Blombos Cave

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Episode: 1908 In which Blombos Cave triples the length of the Upper Paleolithic Era.  Today, let's visit Blombos Cave.

Jul 20 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1909: What’s the Problem?

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Episode: 1909 Where does the technical/scientific literacy problem really lie?  Today, we ask, "What's the problem?"

Jul 19 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 1907: Earlier Than We Think

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Episode: 1907  It is Earlier Than We Think. The road ahead is longer than we thought.  Today, it is earlier than we think.

Jul 17 2020

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Engines of Our Ingenuity 2527: Alphonse Bertillon

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Episode: 2527 Alphonse Bertillon: Measuring the Man.  Today, the measure of a man.

Jul 16 2020

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iTunes Ratings

113 Ratings
Average Ratings
104
3
1
1
4

Broad range of subjects

By Dr. Eitz - May 03 2020
Read more
The podcasters cover an amazing array of subjects, but each presented in an engaging short format.

Couldn’t Ask for a Better History of Science and Engineering Podcast

By Michael D. McAuley - Jun 26 2018
Read more
Have been listening for years, and John Lienhard is still going strong!