Distillations explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present. Our hosts are Michal Meyer, historian of science and editor in chief of Chemical Heritage magazine, and Bob Kenworthy, CHF’s in-house chemist. Each month we examine the intersections of culture, history, and material science.
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September 5, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
In the eleventh century the first camera obscura was invented, helping artists draw. It would be another eight centuries before people figured out how to capture images directly onto film.
Posted In: History | Society
August 22, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
We continue to look back at some of our favorite episodes this week at Distillations.
Posted In: History | Medicine | Society
This week we’re looking back at some of our favorite Distillations episodes.
Posted In: History | Society | Technology
August 15, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Addicted to the Olympics? Take a break from too much video with 12 minutes of audio. On today’s show, we investigate Olympic mysteries, from the flame of the torch to the composition of those so-called gold medals.
August 8, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
This week we discuss the chemistry behind what we wear. Many modern fabrics include synthetic materials , and these synthetics would not be possible without chemistry.
August 1, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
We’re rather fond of chemistry here at Distillations, but even we have to admit that not everyone who’s interested in chemistry is inspired purely by a love of science. On today’s show we explore the uses of chemistry on either side of the law
July 25, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
The term molecular gastronomy can sound pretentious, but food writer Harold McGee describes it as “the science of deliciousness.” Learn more about the science of food (and deliciousness) in this week’s episode.
July 18, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
There’s an old stereotype that portrays science and religion as inevitably mired in conflict. On today’s show we look past the clichés—evolution and Galileo and all that—for some areas where the two have something constructive to say to each other.
July 11, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
What makes motherhood scientific? This week, we try to answer, with a look at motherhood, pregnancy, and science.
Posted In: History | Medicine
July 4, 2008 | by Distillations Staff
Chemistry has been part of the American experience ever since the settlers at Jamestown built a lab for blowing glass and assaying metal (you can learn more on our Jamestown episode). Today we celebrate the 4th of July with a tribute to American scientific and technological achievements—and we’ve thrown in some fireworks, just for fun.
Posted In: Society | Technology
Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.
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