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The Scientific Odyssey
51 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
The Scientific Odyssey Unscripted-The Muon g-2 Experiment Results
In this unscripted episode, we take a look at the announced results from the Muon g-2 experiment recently performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. We examine what it means for the Standard Model of Particle Physics along with the importance of doing science with the goal of falsifying presently accepted models and theories rather than seeking confirmation.
79 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Episode 1.10: Science, Pseudoscience, and Snake Oil
A look at pseudosciences and their characteristics through the lenses of critical thinking and inquiry.
49 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Episode 5.12: Boundaries of Empire
In this episode, we begin our exploration of the Chinese cartographic tradition.
89 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
In this special solstice episode fo the podcast, we embark on a winter journey through the writings of John Muir and David Henry Thoreau among others.
49 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Episode 5.11: Itineraries
In this episode, we conclude our examination of cartography in the Roman Empire by looking at the development of itineraries and travel maps from the period of the late Antonines to the Byzantine Empire.
78 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Special Episode 1: Silverado Squatters-Part 1
For many of the crew of the Scientific Odyssey, the next couple of weeks promises to be stressful with the coming US Presidential elections, a rising number of CoVID-19 cases, and many difficult decisions related to school, work, and family. To help give folks a respite from the stormy seas ahead, we offer this episode of the podcast as a safe harbor to take refuge in when it all seems to be a bit overwhelming and it's time to furl the sails, if only for a little while.
91 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
Episode 1.9: Understanding Conspiracy Theories
In this episode, we look at applying the tools of good critical thinking and skepticism to analyzing conspiracy theories.
87 minutes | Apr 18, 2020
Episode 1.8: Barriers to Good Critical Thinking
In this episode of our series on "Science as Inquiry" we look at those things that keep people from engaging in good critical thinking practices and how to overcome them.
75 minutes | Apr 11, 2020
Episode 1.7: Characteristics of Good Critical Thinking
"The fox knows many little things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."-Archilochus We trace this quote from the Archaic Greek poet through the work of the philosopher Isaac Berlin to see how it applied to create good practices of critical thinking. Characteristics include having an inquiry focus, being flexible, understanding bias, practicing skepticism, using inference properly, and seeking multiple sources.
39 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Episode 1.6: Introduction to Critical Thinking
In this episode we broaden our focus to consider critical thinking in a more comprehensive way by looking at what it is, why its such a valuable habit of mind to have and what types of activities contribute to making it such a powerful process.
57 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Episode 5.10: Surveying an Empire
One of the pillars of the Roman Republic and Empire was its ability to survey, divide, assign and tax land. In this episode of the podcast, we look at processes, people and tools that made such precise surveying possible.
73 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
The Scientific Odyssey Unscripted: The CoVID-19 Global Pandemic
Wherein your Navigator discusses the CoVID-19 virus, the global pandemic, how public health and public policy response is formulated, and how to engage with the information and misinformation that's coming through various media channels.
62 minutes | Feb 2, 2020
Episode 5.9: All Roads Lead to Somewhere
In this episode, we trace the development of roads from their pre-historic roots (or routes) to the development of the massive arterial network of the Roman Empire.
70 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
The Scientific Odyssey Unscripted: Betelgeuse-Is He Going to Blow?
Some recent media accounts have speculated that the red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion is about to explode in a cataclysmic supernova based on recent observations of the star's dimming brightness. We examine the evidence and offer a different explanation.
77 minutes | Dec 24, 2019
Episode 5.8: Heaven and Earth
In this episode, we trace the development of Hellenistic geography from the work of Polybius, through Strabo, to its conclusion with Claudius Ptolemaeus.
54 minutes | Oct 28, 2019
Episode 5.7: How Big is Our World?
In this episode we examine the development of a more empirically based geography in the Hellenistic period from the voyage of Pytheas to the map of Eratosthenes.
47 minutes | Sep 30, 2019
Episode 5.6: Ocean Around a Wine-Darkened Sea
Beginning with Homer's Iliad, we look at the development of Greek geographical models of the Earth through the Classical Period.
52 minutes | Aug 26, 2019
Episode 3.53: The Cassini Dynasty
For 220 years, the Cassini family was among the most powerful and influential scientific dynasties of Europe. In we look at their work and lives in the period of Louis XIV, the sun King, through the end of the Bourbon monarchy.
46 minutes | Jun 10, 2019
Episode 5.5: The Centered Universe
In this episode we look at cartography in the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean Basin with an eye to understanding the role and purpose of maps and mapping.
43 minutes | May 23, 2019
Episode 5.4: Emerging From Connections
We explore the connection between maps and other cultural ideas and technologies such as language, writing and time to see how the physical artifacts arise out of abstract conceptual constructs.
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