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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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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!

A magic and necessary part of every day

By Art in Austin - Apr 27 2018
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From the heart, to the heart.

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92 Ratings
Average Ratings
87
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2

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!

A magic and necessary part of every day

By Art in Austin - Apr 27 2018
Read more
From the heart, to the heart.
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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.

Rank #1: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1739: Worsted Wool

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Episode: 1739 Woolgathering: Of weavers and worsted.  Today, we think about worsted wool.
Sep 06 2019
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Rank #2: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2908: Kurt Vonnegut

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Episode: 2908 Kurt Vonnegut, engineers, and scientists.  Today, so it goes.
May 16 2019
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Rank #3: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2882: Eliezer Ben Yehuda

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Episode: 2882 Eliezer Ben Yehuda and the Revival of Hebrew.  Today, the revival of an ancient language.
Sep 04 2019
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Rank #4: Engines of Our Ingenuity 3212: Salmon Cannon

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Episode: 3212 Simple Technology Helps Migrating Fish.  Today, ready, fire, whoosh!
Sep 05 2019
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Rank #5: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2938: The Gospel of Wealth

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Episode: 2938 Andrew Carnegie's The Gospel of Wealth.  Today, the gospel of wealth.
Jul 23 2019
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Rank #6: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1697: Delphic Oracle

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Episode: 1697 Where did Delphic prophecies come from? And where did they go?  Today, the oracle speaks.
Jun 05 2019
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Rank #7: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2953: Chairlift

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Episode: 2953 Engineering the Chairlift.  Today, getting to the top.
Sep 03 2019
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Rank #8: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1705: A 3000-Year-Old Toe

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Episode: 1705 A 3000-year-old woman with an artificial toe.  Today, a big toe made of wood.
Jun 19 2019
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Rank #9: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1678: Weave a Circle

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Episode: 1678 Weave a circle and change history.  Today, we close a circle.
May 03 2019
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Rank #10: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2943: Recording Without Electricity

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Episode: 2943 Recording Before Electricity.  Today, a cornucopia of sound.
Aug 06 2019
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Rank #11: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2907: Quantum Computing

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Episode: 2907 Quantum Computing.  Today, it’s magic.
May 14 2019
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Rank #12: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1689: Numismatics

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Episode: 1689 Numismatics -- coins as a historical record.  Today, let's read what's written on coins.
May 20 2019
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Rank #13: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2924: Not In This Universe

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Episode: 2924 Not In This Universe: When the possible really isn't.  Today, we do a lot of typing.
Jun 20 2019
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Rank #14: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2922: Gearing Up

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Episode: 2922 Gearing up: the continuously variable transmission.  Today, we change gears.
Jun 13 2019
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Rank #15: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2926: The Etymology of “Nerd”

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Episode: 2926 Nerd Nite and the etymology of the word Nerd.  Today, bazinga!
Jun 27 2019
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Rank #16: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1677: Tricking the Eye

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Episode: 1677 In which I encounter the 16th Century in a Fort Worth Museum.  Today, we trick the eye.
May 01 2019
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Rank #17: Engines of Our Ingenuity 2228: Ancient Explanations of Bird Migration

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Episode: 2228 Ancient Explanations of Bird Migrations. Today, our guest, classicist Richard Armstrong, watches the ancients studying bird migrations.
Aug 07 2019
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Rank #18: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1723: Debunking

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Episode: 1723 Paul Revere, The Shroud of Turin, The Vinland Map, and the problem of debunking.  Today, let's not fight about debunking.
Jul 26 2019
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Rank #19: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1719: Poe’s Cosmology

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Episode: 1719 Edgar Allen Poe's amazing cosmology.  Today, gothic cosmology.
Jul 17 2019
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Rank #20: Engines of Our Ingenuity 1710: Encyclopaedia Britannica

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Episode: 1710 Encyclopaedia Britannica.  Today, a new look at an old encyclopaedia.
Jun 28 2019
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