30 episódios

Monthly interviews on important moments in the history of science.

Science History Podcast Frank A. von Hippel

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Monthly interviews on important moments in the history of science.

    Episode 30. Global Amphibian Declines: David Wake

    Episode 30. Global Amphibian Declines: David Wake

    Frogs have hopped around this planet for 200 million years. But this group of animals that predate the dinosaurs have been devastated by modern human activities. Here to discuss the history of discoveries in amphibian declines is David Wake. David joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 1969, where he served as Curator of Herpetology and Director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. In 1998, David was elected into the National Academy of Sciences.

    • 1h
    Episode 29. Green Chemistry: Terry Collins

    Episode 29. Green Chemistry: Terry Collins

    The modern environmental movement produced a new field of chemistry, known as green chemistry, dedicated to providing for the needs of society with less toxic and less environmentally damaging alternatives. My guest, Terry Collins, is a leading green chemist and one of the founders of the field. He is the Director of the Institute for Green Science and the Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University.

    • 1h 43 min
    Episode 28. Environmentalism: Paul Ehrlich

    Episode 28. Environmentalism: Paul Ehrlich

    Paul Ehrlich alerted the world to the dangers of human population growth and resource consumption with the publication of his book The Population Bomb in 1968, and in the process, he accelerated the environmental movement. He has played a major role in that movement ever since, authoring dozens of influential books and many more articles. He has been a professor at Stanford University since 1959, where he is the president of the Center for Conservation Biology.

    • 1h 6 min
    Episode 27. Biodiversity: Thomas Lovejoy

    Episode 27. Biodiversity: Thomas Lovejoy

    Global biodiversity is in the midst of a mass extinction driven by human population growth and consumption of resources. These forces drive habitat loss, pollution, invasive species, climate change, & other proximate causes of extinction. The study of these forces, and how they can be mitigated to preserve biodiversity, is the responsibility of scientists engaged in conservation biology. My guest, Thomas Lovejoy, is a founding scientist of this field, and often referred to as the Godfather of Biodiversity.

    • 40 min
    Episode 26. Linguistics: Noam Chomsky

    Episode 26. Linguistics: Noam Chomsky

    Nothing is more human than language, and no one has done more to advance the science of linguistics than Noam Chomsky. Noam completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania just after the Second World War. By 1957, his work had already disrupted the field of linguistics and fundamentally altered the understanding of language. Noam is known as the father of modern linguistics, but his influence extends to computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, and many other fields.

    • 53 min
    Episode 25. Space Science: Pam Melroy

    Episode 25. Space Science: Pam Melroy

    Space exploration thrills kids and adults alike. Today I discuss the history of NASA and space science with Pam Melroy, a former pilot and commander of the Space Shuttle. We discuss the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Apollo-Soyuz programs, Mariner 9, Landsat, Skylab, the Space shuttle, and the International Space Station - along with many scientific advances achieved in space and the future of space science.

    • 38 min

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