Monthly interviews on important moments in the history of science.
Space & the Sixties: Neil Maher
The 60s hosted the space race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., which occurred in the midst of the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and civil unrest. How did the culture wars of the 1960s relate to the space race? How did the Civil Rights Movement, the New Left, environmentalism, the women’s movement, and the Hippie counterculture influence NASA, and vice versa? With us to answer these questions is Neil Maher, a professor of history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University.
Armament & Disarmament: Richard Garwin
Dick Garwin has worked on science and technology problems since the first thermonuclear weapon in 1951. Today we discuss space nuclear detonations, spy satellites, sequential memory, MRI, laser printers, touch-screen monitors, nuclear weapons testing, nuclear reactor accidents, Ebola, oil spills, and gravitational waves. Dick is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (all 3). His awards include the 2003 National Medal of Science & the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Nuclear Disarmament: Zia Mian
Today we explore the history of nuclear disarmament with Zia Mian. Zia is a physicist and co-director of Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security, part of the School of Public and International Affairs, where he has worked since 1997. His research interests include issues of nuclear arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament, and international peace and security. Zia received the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award and the American Physical Society’s 2019 Leo Szilard Award.
The Demarcation Problem: Michael Gordin
How do we distinguish real science from hogwash? How does real science evolve over time into pseudoscience? Michael Gordin is with us to explore the demarcation problem and how it relates to Bigfoot, ESP, UFOs, astrology, alchemy, the ether, Aryan physics, Lysenkoism, phrenology, cryptozoology, Velikovsky, Mesmerism, Uri Geller, cold fusion, and where all of this leaves us as we navigate the waters between science and pseudoscience.
Unsettled Research: Mark Lytle
Uncertainty is inherent to science and exploited by those who wish to stymie regulations. Chemical, oil, and tobacco companies kept their products on the marketplace and promoted consumerism by stressing the unsettled nature of research. With us to explore this history, and how it relates to the environment and public health, is Mark Lytle. Mark, the author of important books in environmental history, is among those historians seeking to develop the field of “Environmental Diplomacy.”
Wildlife Biology: George Schaller
George Schaller is a pioneer of wildlife biology, with seven decades of work spanning from the Arctic to the Tropics. His many awards reflect his impacts on wildlife conservation, including the National Geographic Society Lifetime Achievement Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal, and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He is also known for his many books on wildlife, and he is the recipient of the U.S. National Book Award in Science.
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