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Ep. 1: Mapping the Earth (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

Length: 16 mins
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An object that helped create the first map of Britain and one at the forefront of climate-change research. Bill tells the stories of the Great Theodolite that was used on the principle triangulation of Britain, and AATSR (Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer) that measures the temperature of the sea from space.

Both objects tell a story about why collaboration is so important in the field of scientific discovery from the teams that put together the first maps to the international fight against climate change. He is joined in this episode by Alex Rose, curator of Earth Sciences at the Science Museum.

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Really enjoyable series

This series is very enjoyable and the experts that Bill Bryson talks to really ties the different objects together really well. Well worth the listen

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  • EvaGM
  • 10-05-18

Light and entertaining.

An easy listen, garnished with entertaining anecdotes about the people behind these scientific achievements. Can't award the five stars because the host and guests sound a bit too much like primary school teachers making things very, very simple for children to understand. I personally wouldn't have minded a bit more technical detail; on the other hand, the historical context is well presented.

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  • Frank J. Ivins
  • 05-14-18

A bit dull.

Lacks depth and muddy production values. Just didn't grab me. Deeper dives and more excitement needed.