The audio for the history of science series returns on February 1. Subscribe today.


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What are the limits of what is knowable – and how has our thinking about big science and technology questions changed over time?

Knowable magazineThe Science History Podcast returns February 1, with all-new episodes exploring the science of dreams, the search for extrasolar planets, the quest to cure depression and more.

The podcast draws on more than nine decades of academic knowledge contained in our publisher’s 51 journals, Annual reviewsas well as interviews with leading scientists.

Through compelling, fact-based storytelling, this series will take you on a journey through the complex and often surprising story behind big ideas.

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Check out season 1 of Knowable magazine podcast

How black holes went from theory to reality EPISODE 1: Physicists were mostly skeptical when the idea of ​​them emerged a century ago from the work of Einstein. The evolution of evidence from circumstantial to conclusive is quintessential in the history of science. Listen now.

The heart of the invention EPISODE 2: Replacing or assisting the human heart with a machine would save countless lives. But the quest to build an artificial heart has had many horrifying missteps and has researchers reinventing how to keep our blood flowing. Listen now.

The meteoric history of solar energy EPISODE 3: Once marginal and futuristic, this renewable energy shines today as a cheap and efficient source of energy. Yet it remains controversial – for quite different reasons. Listen now.

Memory, the mystery EPISODE 4: Just in the past half-century, our understanding of exactly how our brain remembers has made huge strides. Surprisingly, this is just the start. Listen now.

Trailer Transcript

Adam Levy: Hi, I’m Adam.

Charlotte Stoddard: And I’m Charlotte.

Adam Levy: And for the past few months, we have been digging through the archives of journals…

Charlotte Stoddard: …and dig up some of the best stories in the history of science…

Adam Levy: …to introduce you to season 2 of Known Podcast.

Charlotte Stoddard: Did you know that today’s largest particle accelerators are so big they could surround a small town. But early particle accelerators could fit on a table, and some were even portable.

Adam Levy: I discovered that just a few decades ago we didn’t know if our sun was the only star in the universe to have planets.

Antti Revonsuo: This is kind of what I wanted to see for the field to really progress.

Sidney Hemming: This is a most fun detective project.

Charlotte Stoddard: In episode 1, I try to understand why we dream by following the work of psychologists, psychoanalysts and neuroscientists.

Adam Levy: It will be released on February 1. Subscribe on Apple, Spotify, embroiderer or wherever you get your podcasts.

Charlotte Stoddard: And join us on the Known Podcast for a journey through the history of an idea.


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