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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas


IOT: Brunel 13 Nov 14

November 13th, 2014

Episode 413 of 515 episodes

Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a prominent Victorian engineer responsible for bridges, tunnels and railways still in use today more than 150 years after they were built. He represented the cutting edge of technological innovation in 19th-century Britain, and his life gives us a window onto the social changes that accompanied the Industrial Revolution. Yet his work was not always successful, and his innovative approach to engineering projects was often greeted with suspicion from investors. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Julia Elton, former President of the Newcomen Society for the History of Engineering and Technology; Ben Marsden, Senior Lecturer in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen and Crosbie Smith, Professor of the History of Science at the University of Kent.

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