December 21, 2007

Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt

Guest: Nina Burleigh.

Barely more than two hundred years ago, few Europeans had dared to traverse the modern-day Middle East. In 1798, a band of French scientists under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte would make the month-long trek into the unknown—some never to return. But the knowledge they gathered in this first large-scale interaction between modern Muslims and Europeans exceeded everyone's expectations. Journalist and author Nina Burleigh joins Focus today to talk about the reveal of ancient Egypt to curious Europeans at the dawn of the modern era.

December 07, 2007

The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance

Guest: Fritjof Capra, Ph.D.

Virtually unknown during his lifetime, Leonardo da Vinci's scientific explorations were astonishingly broad, with studies in everything from human flight to the circulatory system. Perhaps most importantly, he invented a systematic approach to his observations that we now call the scientific method. Today on Focus, we're joined by acclaimed scientist and author Fritjof Capra to discuss da Vinci's artistic approach to science and his role as the unacknowledged "father of modern science."

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