Big Picture Science – Since Sliced Bread

by Gary Niederhoff on April 7, 2014

Big Picture Science – Since Sliced Bread

Happy Birthday, World Wide Web! The 25-year-old Web, along with the Internet and the personal computer, are among mankind’s greatest inventions. But back then, who knew?

A techno-writer reminisces about the early days of the WWW and says he didn’t think it would ever catch on.

Also, meet an inventor who claims his innovation will leave your laptop in the dust. Has quantum computing finally arrived?

Plus, why these inventions are not as transformative as other creative biggies of history: The plow. The printing press. And… the knot?

And, why scientific discoveries may beat out technology as the most revolutionary developments of all. A new result about the Big Bang may prove as important as germ theory and the double helix.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Rob Shostak – PC Reminiscence
Part 2: Kevin Kelly – Advent of The Web
Part 3: Eric Ladizinsky – Quantum Computing
Part 4: George Dyson – The Greatest Inventions
Part 5: Prehistoric Almost Inventors
Part 6: Jamie Bock – Inflation Theory
Part 7: Aaron Gardner – Sliced Bread

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