This week on Science for The People the conversation is about the science and history of lighter-than-air flight. The hour is spent with biographer and science writer Richard Holmes, to talk about his newest book, “Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air.” Learn about the technology of 19th century ballooning, and the pioneering men and women who took to the skies and changed our view of the world.
Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes (Pantheon, 2013)
A few weeks ago, I talked with the crew at Breaking Bio for Episode 42, including The Finch & Pea‘s own Heidi Smith. We covered a lot of ground, including rugby and the oddity of regularly doing science with a black eye. The facts that I’m not exactly sure when they hit “record” and that it apparently required weeks of editing makes me a bit nervous to watch. But you should watch, and mock me in the comments.
Grad students know sayings about the importance of being well-rounded only apply to tenured faculty with funding. We aren’t going to worry about how our hobbies make us better scientists, but about how being scientists makes us better at our hobbies. On St. Patrick’s Day (BYOB), Neuroscientist, opera soprano, and Point of Inquiry host Indre Viskontas will be hanging out with the staff of The Finch & Pea on Google+ to chat about how her scientific background informs her approach to singing. Josh will also, invariably, talk about rugby.
When: 17 March 2013 @ 9PM Eastern (6PM Pacific)
Where: Google+ Hangout
NB: Indre has also agreed that she will not hold it against us if we trick her into singing Irish drinking songs.