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  1. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2663: Horacio Alger2017/10/12

    Episode: 2663 Horatio Alger. Today, a Horatio Alger story.
  2. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1410: Homo Technologicus2017/10/11

    Episode: 1410 Homo Technologicus. Today, a chicken-and-egg question.
  3. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2660: Inside the Machine2017/10/10

    Episode: 2660 Computers, Brains, and the Church-Turing Thesis. Today, inside the machine.
  4. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1408: The Tortoise and The Hare2017/10/09

    Episode: 1408 Fast game, slow game, and Stone Age population dynamics. Today, a Paleolithic story of the tortoise and the hare.  
  5. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1407: A Matter of Size2017/10/06

    Episode: 1407 A matter of size: scaling laws among living species. Today, a matter of size.
  6. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3145: The World Wide Web2017/10/05

    Episode: 3145 Making the World Wide Web Come To Life. Today, we browse.
  7. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1406: Medieval Age of Reasoning2017/10/04

    Episode: 1406 The end of the medieval age of reason. Today, a brief bright era in medieval Europe.
  8. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2657: Derangements and the Number e2017/10/03

    Episode: 2657 Pierre de Montmort, derangements, and the number e. Today, derangements.
  9. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1404: Prerequisites2017/10/02

    Episode 1404: Prerequisites seen as a reflection of the structure of science. Today, let's talk about the prerequisite course.
  10. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1403: Vanishing Sea Otters2017/09/29

    Episode: 1403 Vanishing sea otters: only one piece of a long food chain. Today, let's take a quick trip through a long food chain.  
  11. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3144: The Birth of the Internet2017/09/28

    Episode: 3144 Forebear of the internet, ARPANET. Today, who is that on the line?
  12. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1402: Franklin and de Chaumont2017/09/27

    Episode: 1402 Ben Franklin and Le Ray de Chaumont's house in Paris. Today, Ben Franklin, revolution, and a house in Paris.
  13. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2652: Descartes The Scientist2017/09/26

    Episode: 2652 Descartes, the Scientist. Today, an extended postscript.
  14. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3143: Hidden Reality2017/09/25

    Episode: 3143 In which physics decides that a reality we cannot fathom lies behind what we know and see. Today, hidden reality.
  15. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1401: Roosevelt, Remington, and the West2017/09/22

    Episode: 1401 Theodore Roosevelt and Frederic Remington defining the West. Today, Roosevelt and Remington go West.  
  16. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3142: Search Engine Optimization2017/09/21

    Episode: 3142 Internet Search Engine Optimization. Today, a truly mammoth engine.
  17. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1400: Inured To Change2017/09/20

    Episode: 1400 Trying to catch the flavor of the past. Today, a look back.
  18. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2644: Camping and Creature Comforts2017/09/19

    Episode: 2644 Camping and Creature Comforts. Today, taking it with you.
  19. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1399: The Circus2017/09/18

    Episode: 1399 The passing of the classical circus. Today, we go to a circus.
  20. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3141: Greenhouse Gases2017/09/15

    Episode: 3141 An analysis of greenhouse gases and climate change. Today, a closer look at greenhouse gases.
  21. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2651: American Women’s Suffrage and Alice Paul2017/09/14

    Episode: 2651 American Women’s Suffrage and Alice Paul. Today, we march.
  22. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3140: Temperature Underground2017/09/13

    Episode: 3140 A look at how the temperature varies underground. Today, the temperature beneath our feet.
  23. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2647: The Give and Take of Internet Shopping2017/09/12

    Episode: The Give and Take of Internet Shopping. Today, getting to know you.
  24. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1398: Back To The Beginning2017/09/11

    Episode: 1398 Back to the Beginning: First we commit. Then we see. Today, a process within a process.
  25. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1396: An Engineer Named Calder2017/09/08

    Episode: 1396 An engineer named Calder. Today, an engineer takes up sculpture.  
  26. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2646: On Being the Right Size2017/09/07

    Episode: 2646 J. B. S. Haldane's "On Being the Right Size." Today, on being the right size.
  27. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1395: Worst Airplanes2017/09/06

    Episode: 1395 The World's Worst Aircraft: learning what constitutes bad. Today, the worst airplanes ever built!
  28. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3139: Maryam Mirzakhani2017/09/05

    Episode: 3139 Maryam Mirzakhani: A life in Mathematics. Today, let's talk about the Iranian-American mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani.
  29. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1393: Inventing the Telegraph2017/09/04

    Episode: Early inventions of the electric telegraph. Today, we look at ninety years of electric telegraphy before Morse.
  30. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1392: Fog In The Woods2017/09/01

    Episode: 1392 The nature of fog and of redwood trees. Today, fog in the forest.
  31. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2643: P ≠ NP (OR IS IT?)2017/08/31

    Episode: 2643 P ≠ NP (or is it?): an important problem in complexity theory. Today, an educated guess.
  32. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1391: The Johnstown Flood2017/08/30

    Episode: 1391 The Johnstown Flood. They didn't see it coming. Today, a dam breaks.
  33. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2640: The Singing Nun2017/08/29

    Episode: 2640 Joy and Tragedy in the Life of the Singing Nun. Today, joy and tragedy.
  34. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1390: Crossing the English Channel2017/08/28

    Episode: 1390 Crossing the English Channel, by water, air, and tunnel. Today, we try to cross the English Channel.
  35. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1389: Regrowing Our Forests2017/08/25

    Episode: 1389 The supply of wood: trouble along the Equator, good news to the North. Today, some good news and some bad.
  36. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2639: The Space Needle2017/08/24

    Episode: 2639 The Seattle World’s Fair and the Space Needle. Today, a landmark in the clouds.
  37. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1388: A Short Discourse On Tunneling2017/08/23

    Episode: 1388 A short history of tunneling. Today, let's tunnel our way through history.
  38. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2636: Admiral Michael Mullen and Mathematics2017/08/22

    Episode: 2636 Admiral Michael Mullen and Mathematics. Today, leading the charge.
  39. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1387: The Wooden Ships of Mallows Bay2017/08/21

    Episode: 1387 The ghost fleet of wooden ships in Mallows Bay. Today, a fleet of sunken ships.
  40. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3138: Messines Explosion2017/08/18

    Episode: 3138 The once-greatest man-made explosion in the Battle of Messines Ridge. Today, a very big explosion.
  41. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2630: Determinism and the Many Worlds Interpretation2017/08/17

    Episode: 2630 Determinism and the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.
  42. The Engines of Our Ingenuity 1386: Franklin’s Glass Armonica2017/08/16

    Episode: 1386 Benjamin Franklin invents the glass armonica -- no mouth organ, this. Today, singing wine glasses.
  43. The Engines of Our Ingenuity 2627: The Bohr-Einstein Debates2017/08/15

    Episode: 2627 Clash of the Titans: The Bohr-Einstein Debates. Today, a clash of titans.
  44. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1385: Bushnell’s Submarine2017/08/14

    Episode: 1385 How David Bushnell built his submarine for the Colonial Army. Today, a new look at a Colonial technology.
  45. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1384: The Samurai Sword2017/08/11

    Episode: 1384 The samurai sword and quality control through ritual. Today, let's talk about ceremony and technology.
  46. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2623: Thomas Carlyle’s Past and Present2017/08/10

    Episode: 2623 Thomas Carlyle and he Working of Free Markets. Today, economic salvation.
  47. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1383: Owning Time2017/08/09

    Episode: 1383 In which we invent the watch and take possession of time. Today, we look at time as a new possession.  
  48. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2622: Watson2017/08/08

    Episode: 2622 Watson: A computer system that plays Jeopardy!. Today, Jeopardy!.
  49. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1382: Symphysiotomy2017/08/07

    Episode: 1382 Symphysiotomy: Surgery and the clockwork mind of Rationalism. Today, clockwork and surgery.
  50. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1380: Indian Telegraph2017/08/04

    Episode: 1380 William O'Shaughnessy and India's telegraph system. Today, telegraphy comes to India.
  51. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3137: The Rite of Spring2017/08/03

    Episode: 3137 Igor Stravinski's The Rite of Spring. Today, a Russian revolution.
  52. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3136: Of Lamps and Whales2017/08/02

    Episode: 3136 The Whale Oil Myth: The unrelated collapse of whaling and rise of petroleum. Today, did big oil save the whales?
  53. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2618: Søren Kierkegaard2017/08/01

    Episode: 2618 Søren Kierkegaard: Christian Existentialist. Today, an exit.
  54. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1379: Frank and Peter Griffin2017/07/31

    Episode: 1379 Frank and Peter Griffin: teaching calculus. Today, an obituary brings back memories.
  55. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1378: S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald2017/07/28

    Episode: 1378 The wreck of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald; "Only a lake!" Today, just a lake!
  56. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2614: Pixels2017/07/27

    Episode: 2614 Engineering Pictures Made of Pixels. Today, painting with pixels.
  57. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1377: Ben Franklin and Music2017/07/26

    Episode: 1377 Benjamin Franklin writes about music and electricity. Today, Ben Franklin talks about music.
  58. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2611: Kepler’s Somnium2017/07/25

    Episode: 2611 Early science fiction: Kepler’s Somnium. Today, a dream.
  59. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1376: Frere Jacques2017/07/24

    Episode: 1376 Frère Jacques: The canonical hours and mechanical clocks. Today, religious practice and the mechanical clock.
  60. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3135: Fujita in Brookings2017/07/21

    Episode: 3135 Nabuo Fujita returns in peace to Brookings, OR, after have waged war there. Today, a war comes to an end.
  61. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2608: Maria Telkes2017/07/20

    Episode: 2608 Maria Telkes: Solar Energy Pioneer. Today, here comes the sun.
  62. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1375: Newton vs. Leibniz2017/07/19

    Episode: 1375 Leibniz, Newton, and the great calculus dispute. Today, we throw Leibniz's cat into the super collider.
  63. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2606: More Beautiful Books2017/07/18

    Episode: 2606 More Beautiful Books: revisiting books by the foot. Today, the measure of a book.
  64. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1373: Pittsburgh in 18162017/07/17

    Episode: 1373 Pittsburgh in 1816. Today, let's visit embryonic Pittsburgh.
  65. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1372: The Paige Compositor2017/07/14

    Episode: 1372 Mark Twain and the Paige Compositor. Today, meet the man who bankrupted Mark Twain.
  66. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2603: Correlation2017/07/13

    Episode: 2603 Correlation and Risk: When more egg baskets don't help. Today, eggs and baskets.
  67. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2599: Strange Attractors and Imagery2017/07/12

    Episode: 2599 The Art of Attraction: Imagery from Strange Attractors. Today, the art of attraction.
  68. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1365: 17762017/07/11

    Episode: 1365 Colonial America, 1776: A new nation of glorious amateurs. Today, we visit Colonial America.
  69. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1371: Soapy Sam and Huxley2017/07/10

    Episode: 1371 The great evolution war at Oxford in 1860. Today, we join the first major battle in a long war.
  70. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1370: Anno Domini 13702017/07/07

    Episode: 1370 Anno Domini 1370: So much going on just below the surface. Today, the story behind an arbitrary date.
  71. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3134: Mathematical Monsters2017/07/06

    Episode: 3134 Henri Poincaré and Mathematical Monsters. Today, we get very, very kinky.
  72. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1369: Fokker’s Interrupter Mechanism2017/07/05

    Episode: 1369 Fokker and the machine gun interrupter mechanism. Today, we meet a nice young man and his killing machines.
  73. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3133: Juan Pujol García2017/07/04

    Episode: 3133 Juan Pujol García: the Liar Who Helped Win D-Day. Today, a great big liar saves the day.
  74. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1368: Baron Grimthorpe2017/07/03

    Episode: 1368 Edmund Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe: of clockwork and convervatism. Today, clocks for the rich and clocks for the poor.
  75. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1367: Struggling With Abstraction2017/06/30

    Episode: 1367 Struggling with abstraction in schools and in public. Today, we think about thinking abstractly.
  76. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3132: Kitchen Gadgetry2017/06/29

    Episode: 3132 Gadgets in the American Kitchen. Today, gadgets galore.
  77. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1366: Rain, Steam, and Speed2017/06/28

    Episode: 1366 Rain, Steam, and Speed: Turner's vision of modern times. Today, a painting tells the coming of rail.
  78. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2598: The Three Body Problem2017/06/27

    Episode: 2598 Henri Poincaré, the three body problem, and chaos. Today, three bodies.
  79. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1364: Radar2017/06/26

    Episode: 1364 Our radar warning of the Pearl Harbor attack. Today, devastation follows when we don't trust a new technology.
  80. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1363: Man The Measure2017/06/23

    Episode: 1363 Man the measure -- man the meter. Today, let's ask what meters measure.
  81. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3131: Jean Cavailles2017/06/22

    Episode: 3131 Jean Cavaillès: War Hero and Philosopher. Today, in the line of duty.
  82. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1362: Flying Across The Atlantic2017/06/21

    Episode: 1362 The first twenty years of transatlantic flights. Today, we fly the Atlantic.
  83. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3130: A War of Concrete2017/06/20

    Episode: 3130 A War of Concrete: The Mulberry Harbors and the Invasion of Normandy. Today, a portable port saves the day.
  84. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1361: The Crawler Transporter2017/06/19

    Episode: 1361 NASA's Crawler Transporter: Largest land transport vehicle. Today, we ride the world's largest land vehicle.
  85. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1360: Cleaning Ourselves2017/06/16

    Episode: 1360 A brief history of bathing ourselves. Today, let's bathe.
  86. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2596: Golf Club Grooves2017/06/15

    Episode: 2596 Golf Club Grooves: How small changes in technology can cause controversy. Today’s episode is brought to you by the letters U and V.
  87. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1359: Windmills2017/06/14

    Episode: 1359 The Windmill: A device that has come, gone, and which may come again. Today, let's tilt at windmills.
  88. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3129: What Went Wrong on D-Day2017/06/13

    Episode: 3129 What Went Wrong on D-Day: The Paradox of the Allies' Greatest Campaign. Today, when things go terribly wrong.
  89. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1358: William Minor and the OED2017/06/12

    Episode: 1358 William Minor helping us to understand language from an insane asylum. Today, a great dictionary and an asylum for the criminally insane.
  90. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1356: Betting On Science2017/06/09

    Episode: Betting on science. It's been going on for a long time. Today, let's bet on science.
  91. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3128: Lincoln-Douglas Debates2017/06/08

    Episode: 3128 The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and Lincoln-Douglas Debating. Today, up for debate.
  92. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1355: George Squire2017/06/07

    Episode: 1355 Major General George Squire, Muzak, and struggling to be generous. Today, a story about altruism and Muzak.
  93. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2594: Ptolemy’s Geographia2017/06/06

    Episode: 2594 Mapping the World: Ptolemy’s Geographia. Today, a man and a map.
  94. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1357: Testing Airplane Propellers2017/06/05

    Episode: 1357 An airplane propeller test facility, twelve years before the Wright Brothers. Today, we test airplane propellers, 12 years before the Wright brothers flew.
  95. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1353: Small Towns2017/06/02

    Episode: 1353 In which we visit a small town. Today, let's visit a small town.
  96. Engines of Our Ingenuity 3127: The Long and The Short of Elevators2017/06/01

    Episode: 3127 The Long and The Short Of Elevators. Today, the way to the top.
  97. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1351: M. & Mme Blanchard2017/05/31

    Episode: 1351 Balloonists Jean-Pierre and Marie Blanchard, the first barnstormers. Today, we join George Washington at a balloon ascent.
  98. Engines of Our Ingenuity 2591: Instant Runoff Voting2017/05/30

    Episode: 2591 Instant runoff voting and the Academy Awards. Today, what’s best?
  99. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1350: Amerigo Vespucci2017/05/29

    Episode: 1350 Vespucci and the naming of America. Today, we name America.
  100. Engines of Our Ingenuity 1348: Castel Del Monte2017/05/26

    Episode: 1348 Castel del Monte: in which Frederick II plays with geometry. Today, we wonder why a castle was built.
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