Tuesday, June 15, 2010

History of Science Podcasts

Posted by Darin Hayton on 06/15 at 10:25 PM

History of science continues to attract attention in the popular media, both radio programs (at least in the UK) and podcasts. Here are two recent podcasts dealing with topics in the history of science.

Melvyn Bragg’s “In Our Time” often covers interesting people, events, or topics in the history of science (See this post for more on this program). Bragg invites renowned historians of science to come discuss with him some topic. The most recent episode focused on Al-Biruni, the 10th/11th-century Persian scholar who wrote extensively on many of the sciences. He was especially known for his astronomical and astrological works, which included an early, detailed treatise on the astrolabe: Al-Biruni

Scientific American has just posted “Physics Now and Then,” interviews with Lawrence Krauss, director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University, and Paolo Galluzzi, director of the newly re-opened Museo Galileo (direct link to podcast). Krauss talks about nuetrinos and gravity; Galluzzi talks about the Galileo and the Museo Galileo.

Historians of science should rejoice that even relatively obscure topics—and let’s admit that Al-Biruni is not a household name—can attract listeners and an audience.

Tags: al-biruni, bbc, galileo galilei