Big Picture Science – [Rectangular Container] Thinking

by Gary Niederhoff on October 8, 2012

By thinking different, scientists can make extraordinary breakthroughs. Learn about the creative cogitation that led to the discovery of dark matter and the invention of a.c. power grids, disinfectant, and the Greek “death ray.” Also, whether one person’s man of genius is another’s mad scientist.

And, the scientist who claims pi is wrong and biopunks who tinker with DNA – in their kitchens and on the cheap.

Plus, from string theory to the greenhouse effect – how metaphor sheds light on science. Discover why your brain is like a rain forest (that’s a simile!).

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Anil Ananthaswamy on pioneering scientific thought.
Part 2: Marcus Wohlsen on biopunk.
Part 3: John Monahan on “mad” scientists.
Part 4: Michael Hartl on re-defining pi.
Part 5: James Geary on scientific metaphor.
Part 6: Anil Ananthaswamy on innovative thinking.

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