A History of Science
By Dr Michiel Meulendijk
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What drove pioneering scientists? Did they seek wisdom or wealth? Did they want to reveal nature or reform it? Were their insights brilliant or bizarre? And did they shape their world more than it shaped them? In A History of Science, I explore the cultures, communities, and contexts in which these people gained their remarkable insights. This podcast is produced in seasons of five episodes each by me, Dr Michiel Meulendijk. I am an information scientist and a history buff.
||Clean⑤ The Philosopher’s Study▪On alchemy’s transition into chemistry||In the 16th century, alchemy became a victim of its own success. The more it achieved, the more its reputation suffered.||20 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean④ Between Skin and Bones▪On surgery’s discord with anatomy||In the 16th century, great advances were made in anatomy. Amazingly, this didn’t lead to a single improvement in surgery, which remained crude, cruel, and lethal.||13 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean③ Enchanting Numbers▪On computers’ invention as mechanical calculators||Computing began long before the twentieth century. Mechanical calculators ran on cogs, wheels, and steam engines.||22 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean② Beyond the Edge of the World▪On worldviews in Columbus’ time||Columbus discovers America. But more importantly, he discovers discovery itself.||1 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean① Bloody Beginnings▪On blood transfusion as medical cure-all||Daring 17th century doctors try their hand at blood transfusion. With fatal consequences.||14 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|