The Making of a Lobotomist

The Disappearing Spoon Podcast

The Disappearing Spoon has the story behind notorious surgeon Walter Freeman’s contempt for his father, failures with his sons, and obsession with lobotomies.
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How Americans Came to Watch the Weather like Pilots

Monday, October 10 | 6pm–7pm EDT

October’s Science on Tap features the Institute’s Roger Turner, who will discuss how conversations with World War II pilots shaped the TV weather report.
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First Friday:
Spooky Science

Friday, October 7 | 5pm–7pm EDT

Design your own tarot card, learn about the secret symbols of alchemy, and explore the science behind mummies, witches, and vampires. But only if you dare!
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The Tragedy of
the World’s First
Seed Bank

Distillations Article

Soviet geneticist Nikolai Vavilov led an ideologically perilous campaign to rid the world of famine.
Postcard from Carl Engler to Georg Bredig

‘Kurrent’ Events

Collections Blog

Deciphering correspondence written in Kurrent, a standardized variant of gothic handwriting that originated in the late Middle Ages.

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of the innovators and scientific discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

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