This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What everyday items have surprising origins? And would man have ever got to the moon without… the bra?
Each episode host Dallas Campbell dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and merky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians.
Expect new episodes every Wednesday and Sunday.
If you can never connect to a printer, if furniture jumps out to stub your toe, if when you do the dishes the water jumps out the sink to soak you – then you are victim of the inanimate malice of things.
The belief that all things are essentially out to get us us has a name – Resistentialism. This is a theory created by columnist Paul Jennings. On one level it’s clearly a joke, on another level though he was convinced of its truth. Dallas, a man who has spent a lifetime celebrating tech, agrees.
Paul’s daughter joined Dallas to help explain her father’s theory about the spiteful behaviour of inanimate objects. Les choses sont contre nous.
Produced by Charlotte Long and Freddy Chick. Senior Producer is Charlotte Long
400 years ago on the River Thames a mad genius showed off the world’s first submarine. A crowd of thousands including King James watched as Cornelis Drebbel disappeared beneath the murky water, only reemerging after three whole hours had passed.
The same genius also came up with perpetual motion machines, self-regulating ovens, chemical air conditioning for Westminster Cathedral, and a project to provide central heating for all of London by building a perpetual fire on a hill outside the city, transporting the flames in pipes to people’s houses.
Elon Musk eat your heart out.
Dallas’s guest today is the amazing Vera Keller, historian of technology and author of a new book “The Interlopers: Early Stuart Projects and the Undisciplining of Knowledge”
Edited by Tom Delargy, Produced by Freddy Chick, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long
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