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The Conversationalist - 06 - 'The C19th Origins of the Anti-Vaccination Movement'

4/3/2018
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You're invited to join our science-themed cocktail party, where experts on the history of science tell us stories, fun facts, and random anecdotes about the development of scientific knowledge from the 19th century to today. In this episode, we talk to Dr Sally Frampton and Dr Oskar Cox Jensen about 19th century anxieties related to vaccination and how they coalesced into a vociferous anti-vax movement. We explore the scientific and cultural dimensions of Victorian anti-vax sentiment,...

Duration:00:49:06

The Conversationalist - 05 - 'The Wisdom of the Crowd' (Marcus du Sautoy)

3/19/2018
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You're invited to join our science-themed cocktail party, where experts on the history of science tell us stories, fun facts, and random anecdotes about the development of scientific knowledge from the 19th century to today. In this episode, we talk to Professor Marcus du Sautoy about the wisdom of the crowd. Does crowdsourcing help us make better decisions? Or does it expose us to the perils of groupthink? Are there some questions - scientific, mathematical, or social - that are best...

Duration:00:32:43

The Conversationalist - 03 - 'Volcanoes and Citizen Science at the Royal Society'

7/20/2017
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You're invited to join our science-themed cocktail party, where experts on the history of science tell us stories, fun facts, and random anecdotes about the development of scientific knowledge from the 19th century to today! In this episode, we talk to Royal Society Librarian, Keith Moore, about how the Royal Society crowdsourced information about a 19th century volcanic eruption. Keith takes us on a tour of the Royal Society archive, and at the end of the episode, Chris Thorogood, Head of...

Duration:00:29:25

The Conversationalist - 02 - 'Crowdsourcing Historical Research'

6/5/2017
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You're invited to join our science-themed cocktail party, where experts on the history of science tell us stories, fun facts, and random anecdotes about the development of scientific knowledge from the 19th century to today! In this episode, we talk about how historians can use crowdsourcing technology to support their research by looking at the ScienceGossip.org, a research project hosted on the Zooniverse platform that uses citizen science to understand the history of citizen science....

Duration:00:29:16