The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas Kuhn

Context with Brad Harris | 24 July 2018 | 0h 24m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses the ideas in Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” a classic in the history of science, and one of the most cited books of the twentieth century. Kuhn challenged our assumptions about how science works, but his opaque style ignited a cultural movement energized around the misinterpretations that objective truth was an illusion and that scientific progress was just a conceit of western civilization. These ideas became pillars of postmodernism, and no one was more frustrated by the folly of their development than Thomas Kuhn himself.

Simon Winchester on the Pacific

The World in Time / Lapham’s Quarterly | 1 August 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Simon Winchester about his book “Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers.” Winchester is quite the raconteur, with delicious anecdotes on US nuclear testing and policing Pitcairn Island.

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David Landes

Context with Brad Harris | 27 June 2018 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Review of “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations” by David Landes, published in 1998. Landes argued that historically unique cultural values of curiosity, novelty, and private property empowered European society to lead the modern world; a history that offers invaluable lessons for our own time.

Pirate Hunters with Robert Kurson

The Art of Manliness | 9 July 2015 | 0h 31m | Listen Later 
Interview with Robert Kurson, author of the book “Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship”. Tells the story of two treasure hunters risking their lives and fortune to find a sunken pirate ship. In the process, they uncovered the story of one of the greatest pirates to ever live during the Golden Age of Piracy. Discusses why pirates are so appealing, why two guys would risk millions of dollar to find a pirate ship and the legendary story of the pirate who captained the sunken ship.