Claude Shannon and Information Theory

Hidden Forces | 11 June 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Jimmy Soni, co-author of A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age. Provides an accessible introduction to the key ideas in information theory, packaged into the story of Shannon’s life.

Andrea Wulf – The Invention of Nature

Channel History Hit | 26 February 2017 | 1h 10m | Listen Later 
Speech by Andrea Wulf about the ideas and adventures of scientist Alexander von Humboldt, the subject of her book The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science, which won the 2015 Costa and Royal Society Prize.

Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West

Context with Brad Harris | 10 July 2018 | 0h 32m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Review of Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West, by Margaret Jacob. Explains how scientific knowledge became integrated into the culture of Europe through the 1600s and 1700s, and how the different social and political conditions of different European countries influenced the application of science to material prosperity. Insight on why Britain’s distinctive approach to the utility of science enabled it to industrialize generations earlier than any other country.

Annie Duke – Thinking More in Bets

Capital Allocators | 19 November 2018 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Follow up interview with Annie Duke covering the challenge of separating signal from noise in making decisions, the formation and confirmation of beliefs, forming decision groups, communicating with teams, mistakes Annie’s advisory clients have made after reading her book and stories of how Annie approached being a woman in the male-dominated poker world.

Annie Duke – Improving Decision Making

Capital Allocators | 5 February 2018 | 0h 59m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke, author of Thinking in Bets. A wonderful synthesis of evolutionary psychology, behavioural biases and what to do about it from an expert in psychology with a grounding in the real world of poker.

Embodied Cognition, Mirror Neurons, and Empathy

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 19 November 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, a psychologist and neuroscientist who uses imaging technologies to study how different parts of the brain and body are involved in different cognitive tasks. Backgrounds embodied cognition, the theory that thinking takes place in the body as a whole, not just in the cells of the brain.

Mark Lynas: How We Got it Wrong on GMOs

RNZ: Sunday Morning | 9 June 2018 | 0h 24m | Listen Later 
Interview with science writer Mark Lynas about his book Seeds of Science: Why We Got it So Wrong on GMOs. Lynas used to be an anti-GMO activist but now thinks we got it wrong on genetically modified organisms and that our fear of GMOs is irrational.

Ed Yong – I Contain Multitudes

The Monocle Weekly | 20 September 2017 | 0h 14m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, which nicely backgrounds the book and its ideas about the ecosystem of microorganisms that inhabit us and the world around.