Richard Holmes

Nov. 15, 2013

Early Balloonists Took Science ‘Up, Up and Away’

Falling Upwards chronicles the balloonists who took science into the stratosphere.

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Dec. 10, 2010

Science Sees Further

A new collection of essays looks at the contributions of the Royal Society to scientific knowledge.

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Sep. 18, 2009

Age of Wonder

Ira talks with Richard Holmes, author of 'The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science.'

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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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