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The Scientific Odyssey

The Scientific Odyssey is a podcast exploration of scientific inquiry through it's history and philosophy.  New episodes weekly.

Nov 27, 2016

This week we look at the development of the idea of mathematics as a way to represent reality through perspective painting and accounting.  We also discuss the rise of the idea of laws of nature as the way in which the natural world was understood.

Nov 20, 2016

In this episode we take a look at the Scientific Revolution through the lens of David Wooten' thesis that the most important trigger for the rapid scientific development of the 16th and 17th centuries was Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World.

Nov 13, 2016

In the final part of the part of our biography of Johannes Kepler, we look at his scientific work from 1612 to his death in 1630 including the Epitome of Copernicus, Harmonice Mundi and the Rudolphine Tables.  We consider the accusations of witchcraft against his mother, Katharina, and a number of other...

Nov 6, 2016

In part three of our biography of Johannes Kepler we look at his years in Prague and the scientific work he did there including Astronomiae Pars Optica, Dioptrice and Astronomia Nova.  We discuss how he arrived at his first two laws of planetary motion and his description of how lenses produce images in various...