Science for the People | 24 April 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Dan Egan about his book The Devil’s Element. Traces the history of phosphorus, its essential role for agricultural fertiliser, its various sources over time, and the problems it has caused with algal blooms closing beaches, killing animals and sickening people.
Science for the People | 27 February 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Suzie Sheehy about her book The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World. Discusses seminal physics experiments that have discovered various particles and revealed the nature of the atom. Explains the ways that particle physics touches our everyday lives.
Science for the People | 8 July 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Laurie Winkless about her book Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces. Discusses the science of surfaces and stickiness, using examples from nature such as geckos to describe how they generate their stickiness.
Science for the People | 7 June 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lindsey Fitzharris about her book The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Faces of World War I. Discusses the pioneering work of Harold Gillies to develop plastic surgery to reconstruct the disfigured faces of injured World War I soldiers.
Science for the People | 11 April 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Gross about her book Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Journey. Details the anatomy of the clitoris, describes the sexism that got in the way of understanding, and summarises the state of the knowledge about female reproductive anatomy.
Science for the People | 27 January 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Rogers about his book Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made us Modern. Discusses the evolution of the science of colour and how it has influenced culture and history. Covers the technology of paints and pigments and how they’ve coloured the world and considers the role of the mind, as neuroscientists and linguists have sought to understand our perception of colour and the language we use to describe it.
Science for the People | 1 March 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Rutherford about his book Humanimal: How Homo Sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature – A New Evolutionary History. Discusses the common ways we mistakenly think humans are different from other creatures.