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In Our Time: Brunel

The name Isambard Kingdom Brunel conjures up thoughts of the Great Western Railway, and other successful engineering projects that are still well regarded today. But on the the In Our Time episode about him Julia Elton (former President of the Newcomen Society for the History of Engineering and Technology), Ben Marsden (University of Aberdeen) and Crosbie Smith (University of Kent) explained that this is not all there was to Brunel, and he wasn't always as successful as his modern reputation suggests.

In Our Time: The Invention of Radio

Sunday morning we listened to the In Our Time episode about the invention of radio, which we've had sitting on the ipod for a while - it's not a subject that caught either of our imaginations in advance. It did turn out to be interesting, but it also felt like a series of vignettes - this person, this date, this advance, now move on to the next - so I'm approaching writing it up with some trepidation!

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