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A science history podcast uncovering the little-known stories and less-talked-about people behind well-known science & tech. Written & Hosted by Maren Hunsberger & Greg Foot for Seeker

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A science history podcast uncovering the little-known stories and less-talked-about people behind well-known science & tech. Written & Hosted by Maren Hunsberger & Greg Foot for Seeker

    The Impossible Picture

    The Impossible Picture

    Time travel? Aliens? Seeing the invisible? This special episode’s tale from science history has them all as Maren takes Greg down the long and winding road science took to understand what is perhaps the most perplexing object in the universe: the black hole.
    Special thanks to the John Templeton Foundation for their support in making this episode possible. Learn more at Templeton.org.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Helplessly Human Doctor

    The Helplessly Human Doctor

    The man who changed our understanding of disorders of the brain was a man who couldn't recognize faces himself. He was a man who saw music as a therapeutic tool, who broke all the existing rules for how to talk to and about patients, and who made us all feel a little more human. Maren tells Greg the amazing true story of Oliver Sacks.

    This episode is made possible thanks to HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. ‘Oliver Sacks: His Own Life’ is available to stream on PBS for a limited time: https://to.pbs.org/3xngwPJ

    Show notes, sources, and transcript can be found at https://linktr.ee/surprisinglybrilliant
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Lifesaving Bean

    The Lifesaving Bean

    One bean has changed the world in unexpected ways, and the man behind it was even more extraordinary. This is the story of a man whose genius shone against all odds, how his discoveries shaped much of our modern world, and the science that he could have done...if society had let him. Maren introduces Greg to Percy Julian.

    Show notes, sources, and transcript can be found at https://linktr.ee/surprisinglybrilliant
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Half-Walnut of Pus

    The Half-Walnut of Pus

    Vaccines. They're a big topic of conversation right now. But who discovered them? Who gave the first one? And what was the rather effective method around for hundreds of years before them?? Greg tells Maren a (rather gross) story of pus, pox parties, and… cuckoos? It's a tale that travels from China, through Turkey, to a small town in Gloucestershire, and asks if the ‘father of immunology’ - Edward Jenner - really earned that title.

    Show notes, sources, and transcript can be found at https://linktr.ee/surprisinglybrilliant
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Language of the Universe

    The Language of the Universe

    The universe speaks in a common language...the mathematics of change. Maren wasn't so sure about math, but after this episode she's a truly changed person. Isaac Newton DID stand on the shoulders of giants to translate the universe...but he also had his rivals, like Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Maren tells Greg a story that starts with the beginning of civilization and goes (literally) on to infinity.

    Show notes, sources, and transcript can be found at https://linktr.ee/surprisinglybrilliant
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    • 52 min
    The Donald Trump Of Science

    The Donald Trump Of Science

    A story in three parts: The discovery of a revolutionary biotechnology that’s used every day by countless scientists. How that works. And the dangerous ideas (& behaviour) of the man who won a Nobel Prize for its invention. Greg tells Maren about Kary Mullis and PCR.

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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

Nbard80 ,

Amazing

I absolutely love this podcast. I binged the first two seasons and am eagerly awaiting new episodes. Hugely interesting and informative. The two presenters are very engaging and work so well together. Genuine pleasure to listed to.

~RLC ,

Excellent!

This podcast is in my top three! Maryn and Greg sound like they could be my friends, and approach everything with a contagious sense of wonder and fun. Science history plus approachable hosts! Very listenable format, while being engaging, enlightening, and totally shareable.

cetrh ,

Looking forward to the next season!

Please hurry back with the next season I’m addicted to your show and looking forward to hearing more!

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