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Episode 5: The Philosopher’s Study
In the 16th century, alchemy became a victim of its own success. The more it achieved, the more its reputation suffered. For more information on the transition from alchemy to chemistry, and the interesting characters we encountered in the episode, check out Bruce T. Moran’s Distilling Knowledge.
Episode 4: Between Skin and Bones
In the 16th century, great advances were made in anatomy. Amazingly, this didn’t lead to a single improvement in surgery, which remained crude, cruel, and lethal. Be sure to check out the beautiful pictures in Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica, including the original skeleton that serves as mascot of this show. For more information on … Continue reading "Episode 4: Between Skin and Bones"
Episode 3: Enchanting Numbers
Computing began long before the twentieth century. Mechanical calculators ran on cogs, wheels, and steam engines. You can view a model of how the Pascaline worked here. A demonstration of the Difference Engine, along with a detailed explanation of how it works, is shown here. Sydney Padua’s great drawing of the Analytical Engine can be … Continue reading "Episode 3: Enchanting Numbers"