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The Royal Society Audio Podcast

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The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge is a learned society for science that dates back to 1660. Their latest series of audio & video podcasts include lectures on a variety of scientific subjects, many of which focus on specific figures & events in science history.

Probably the most recognizable name on the list of speakers featured in the podcast is author Bill Bryson who has written numerous bestselling travel books and was invited to the Royal Society to speak about his science book A Short History of Nearly Everything. In the talk Bryson summarizes the four most profound answers he received while researching the book that have to deal with the miraculous of life on Earth and the vastness of the Universe. This talk was delivered in 2005 and is at the bottom of their podcast feed. Listen to or watch this and many more podcasts from the Royal Society.

The Royal Society Audio Podcast

The Royal Society Video Podcast

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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

From one of the most beloved authors of our time--more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone--a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home.

"Houses aren't refuges from history. They are where history ends up."

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to "write a history of the world without leaving home." The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.

Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make "At Home" one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

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