Science

Paul Dickson: "Sputnik: Shock of the Century" (Walker Books

September 28, 2001

Journalist Paul Dickson tells the story behind the development and launch of Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth, launched by the Soviets on October 4, 1957. In his new book, Dickson puts this technological achievement into the...

Simon Winchester: "The Map That Changed the World" (Harper Collins)

September 19, 2001

Author Simon Winchester joins Diane to tell the story of William Smith, who in 1815 published the first geologically correct map of England and Wales. Smith's work became the foundation for the modern science of geology.

Michael Lewis: "Next" (WW Norton)

August 1, 2001

"The future just happened," says journalist Michael Lewis. In his new book, he introduces teenagers who are using the Internet in ways that give the rest of us a hint about how much the technology age has already begun to change...

Bryan Sykes: "The Seven Daughters of Eve" (Norton)

July 17, 2001

Bryan Sykes, a professor of genetics at Oxford University, talks about his research combining geneology and genetics. In his book, he explains how he has identified and traced certain strands of DNA which pass unbroken through matrilineal...

Ashley Davis Prend: "Claim Your Inner Grownup" (Plume)

June 13, 2001

The concept of "finding your inner child" has become a cliché... Today, psychotherapist Ashley Davis Prend says it's time to claim your inner adult. She joins Diane to talk about what it means to be a mature adult - and how...

Human Genome Project

February 14, 2001

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH joins Diane to talk about the latest developments in mapping the human genome. Look at a working draft of the human genome.

Richard Ellis: "Encyclopedia of the Sea" (Knopf)

February 5, 2001

We go "under the sea" with a guide to all things marine, researcher and illustrator Richard Ellis. His new book presents the richness and variety of ocean life: the creatures and plants that live in the water, and the men and women...

Ken Auletta: "World War 3.0" (Random House)

January 31, 2001

Journalist Ken Auletta covered the landmark Microsoft antitrust trial for The New Yorker Magazine. In a new book, he recounts the public and private negotiations that shaped the trial, and brings us up to date on the latest maneuverings.

Samantha Weinberg: "A Fish Caught in Time" (Harper Collins) (Rebroadcast)

November 23, 2000

In 1938, a museum curator in South Africa came across a fish she had never seen before. To the surprise of the experts around the world, it turned out that she had found a coelacanth -- a species of fish that had been presumed extinct for...

Samantha Weinberg: "A Fish Caught in Time" (Harper Collins)

September 12, 2000

In 1938, a museum curator in South Africa came across a fish she had never seen before. To the surprise of the experts around the world, it turned out that she had found a coelacanth -- a species of fish that had been presumed extinct for...

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