Nerd Nodes are short little videos where I talk about historical people and events (often scientific) which have some connection to the date. New episodes weekly on Mondays! Subscribe to the Nerd Nodes RSS feed with your RSS reader to be automatically notified of new episodes.

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Episode pages include the video [with captions], my original script (which is pretty close to what I say), links to sources, and suggestions for further exploration.

  • John Scott Haldane, firedamp
  • Felix Klein, Klein bottles, Manifesto of the Ninety-Three, Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi, wireless telegraphy, Lusitania, Titanic, Carpathia, Lusitania again, Fascism, La Marseillaise, the guillotine
  • James McCune Smith, University of Glasgow, public health and moral philosophy, unethical medical experiments, 1840 census, truth (tw slavery, medical abuse, pregnancy loss)
  • James Parkinson, paralysis agitans, Parkinson's Disease, Paraquat Dichloride, Swinish Multitudes, the Pop-Gun Plot, Dangerous Sports, Extraneous Fossils, Bach's St. Matthew's Passion
  • Philippa Garrett Fawcett, Mathematical Tripos, ad eundum, isotropic helicoid, Édouard Lucas, Mersenne primes, Lucas Tower
  • Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, Alexander Hamilton, Henry & John Laurens, Sault Ste. Marie, John Johnston, Ozhaguscodaywayquay, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, Modest Musorgsky
  • Joseph Fourier, Glass, greenhouses, Venice, Horace de Saussere's hot box, greenhouse effect
  • ∏ Day, Otto von Guericke, Robert Boyle, live demo fails, beer, war, beer again, Georg Telemann