Science History

Einstein: His Life And Universe

Guest: Walter Isaacson.

What made Albert Einstein the genius that he was? Today on Focus, we're joined by biographer Walter Isaacson to talk about the life of the famous physicist whose greatest asset was his rebellious nature, his tendency to question everything, even that which was regarded as fact. Isaacson believes that this quality is essential to the modern scientific age, in which new and groundbreaking discoveries are so frequently based on creative solutions.

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.

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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