A History of Science
By Michiel Meulendijk
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In A History of Science, I explore the context behind the world's greatest inventions and discoveries. Rather than just tell the story, I try to understand the mindset these early pioneers came from.
||CleanEpisode 5: The Philosopher’s Study||In the 16th century, alchemy became a victim of its own success. The more it achieved, the more its reputation suffered. For more information on the transition from alchemy to chemistry, and the interesting characters we encountered in the episode,||20 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Between Skin and Bones||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. Be sure to check out the beautiful pictures in Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica,||13 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Enchanting Numbers||Computing began long before the twentieth century. Mechanical calculators ran on cogs, wheels, and steam engines. You can view a model of how the Pascaline worked here. A demonstration of the Difference Engine,||22 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Beyond the Edge of the World||Columbus discovers America. But more importantly, he discovers discovery itself. The worldviews discussed in this episode can be a little difficult to visualize. These pictures should clarify them somewhat. An example of ‘epicycles’,||1 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Bloody Beginnings||Daring 17th century doctors try their hand at blood transfusion. With fatal consequences. Enjoyed this episode? Read more about early blood transfusion in Holly Tucker’s Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.||14 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|