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A podcast about Science, Technology & History. Funny, Smart and In-Depth. Hosted By Ran Levi (B.Sc EE) and Kelly O'Laughlin (Author, "A Highly Sensitive Person's Life"). For more info visit www.cmpod.net

Curious Minds Podcast Ran Levi

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.6 • 62 Ratings

A podcast about Science, Technology & History. Funny, Smart and In-Depth. Hosted By Ran Levi (B.Sc EE) and Kelly O'Laughlin (Author, "A Highly Sensitive Person's Life"). For more info visit www.cmpod.net

    The Awful and Wonderful History of the Mir Space Station | Curious Minds Podcast

    The Awful and Wonderful History of the Mir Space Station | Curious Minds Podcast

    The Mir Space Station was a true Soviet engineering wonder, an achievement comparable with the US landing on the Moon. Yet in its later years, Mir survived some horrific & hair-raising accidents...

    • 45 min
    The Lost Manuscript of Archimedes | Curious Minds Podcast

    The Lost Manuscript of Archimedes | Curious Minds Podcast

    Archimedes is famous for being Ancient Greece's greatest engineer. Yet a random discovery - a prayers book found in an old church in Turkish Istanbul, casts this mysterious genius in an even more surprising light.

    • 33 min
    The Dark Avenger [From: Malicious.Life] | Curious Minds Podcast

    The Dark Avenger [From: Malicious.Life] | Curious Minds Podcast

    In 1989, a message was found in a virus: "Eddie Lives…Somewhere in Time!". 'Eddie' was a particularly nasty virus, and its discovery led a young Bulgarian security researcher down a rabbit hole, on a hunt for the prolific creator of the Eddie virus: The Dark Avenger. 

    • 33 min
    Are Software Bugs Inevitable? Part 2: The Most Expensive Failed Software Project Ever | Curious Minds Podcast

    Are Software Bugs Inevitable? Part 2: The Most Expensive Failed Software Project Ever | Curious Minds Podcast

    After describing the Software Crisis in the previous episode, we discuss the various methodologies and practices implemented over the years to combat the complexities of software development. We'll tell the sad story of the FBI's VCF project - perhaps the most expensive failed software project ever - and hear about Dr. Fred Brooks' classic book, 'The Mythical Man-Month'.

    • 25 min
    Are Software Bugs Inevitable? Part 1: FORTRAN and the Denver Airport Baggage Disaster | Curious Minds Podcast

    Are Software Bugs Inevitable? Part 1: FORTRAN and the Denver Airport Baggage Disaster | Curious Minds Podcast

    Software errors and random bugs are rather common: We’ve all seen the infamous Windows “blue screen of death”... But is there really nothing we can do about it? Are these errors – from small bugs to catastrophic mistakes – inevitable? In this episode, we'll tell the story of FORTRAN, the groundbreaking high-level computer language, and the sad, sad tale of the Denver Airport Baggage Disaster. Don't laugh, it's a serious matter.

    • 27 min
    Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense (SDI) Initiative, AKA – “Star Wars” | Curious Minds Podcast

    Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense (SDI) Initiative, AKA – “Star Wars” | Curious Minds Podcast

    In 1983, president Ronald Reagan shocked the world when he announced that the United States was developing an ultra-modern defense system against intercontinental ballistic missiles. Hundreds of billions of dollars were invested in the system’s development - But then, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and with it – the Star Wars initiative. Was Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative the reason for the Soviet Union’s collapse?

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

YurriG ,

Curious minds

I discovered this podcast only recently and was overwhelmed by its diversity and professionalism. I just hope that it will continue.

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We want more!!!

We first heard about the podcast from an Astrophysicist visiting Princeton and thought this may just go over our heads. We gave it a try, loved and listened and then re-listened to most episodes. Please add more episodes. Your way of laying out complex stories and getting the listener to comprehend the progression, the impact or eventuality of each topic is superb.
Thank you for your brilliance and your deep love of broadcasting; you taught us many things and we are hungry for more.

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Informative - worth the listen

Enjoyed this podcast, especially the parts about linguistics. I will be subscribing!

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