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Ep. 5: Unlikely Medical Inventions (Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science)

Length: 20 mins
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How a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history. Bill tells the stories behind the invention of the Reynold's Portable X-Ray Kit and the world's first CT brain scanner, with the help of Katie Dabin, who is the Curator of Medicine at the Science Museum. Their stories reveal how scientific inventions sometimes happen by accident or come from people without a classic scientific background.
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Audio track from a video

When I listened to this, it became obvious that it is just the audio track from a video, yet I didn't see anything like that listed by Audible, for tis. True, it didn't cost me anything, but I'm not sure I would have downloaded it if I had known.

The first 'chapter' wasn't bad. Was more interesting than some of the later chapters. Overall, I think it was worthwhile, but I just think it could have been done better.

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error of dates reported.

At 12:39 of the the 5th section, Unlikely Medical..., narrator says Godfrey Houndsfield Was born in 1919 and served in World War I. That doesn't make sense since world war 1 ended in 1918.

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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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  • Aidy
  • 06-26-19

easy listening

informative and easy to listen to. worth getting, its good the episodes are only little 20 minute takes!

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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.