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Science History Podcast

Sep 11, 2018

The 20th century was a time of unparalleled advancement in science and technology, along with the associated destruction caused by two world wars.  I think the most important person to positively influence the 20th century was Winston Churchill.  His importance was especially pronounced during World War II, in which his leadership may well have saved the world from long-term Nazi tyranny.  But Churchill played key roles in many realms of life, and especially in literature.  Indeed, Churchill was awarded the 1953 Nobel Prize for literature, which is certainly not the typical achievement of a politician.  Churchill also displayed a keen interest in technological development and scientific advancement, the subject of today’s podcast, which is part 1 of a two-part episode.  To explore Churchill’s connection to science and technology, I interviewed Jim Muller.  Jim is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Winston Churchill as well as the academic chairman of the Churchill Centre and the author of many works on Churchill.