The symbols we now use for numbers evolved very slowly over the centuries. The concept of using a zero took even longer. Most of the mathematical symbols we take for granted today, like an equals sign or the sign for a square root were not invented till the 16th Century and afterwards.
Returning to Inquiry tonight is the acclaimed scientist and writer BERND HEINRICH. Tonight he talks abut his new book THE HOMING INSTINCT: MEANING AND MYSTERY IN ANIMAL MIGRATION.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with author and illustrator ANNETTE CATE LEBLANC about her entertaining and informative new book for young readers: LOOK UP! BIRDWATCHING IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. Tune in and find out how Annette got interested in birds and how she crams so much onto every page.
Inquiry welcomes back CARY GINELL, award-winning writer, jazz historian and discographer. His new book is the next volume in the Hal Leonard Jazz Biography Series: THE EVOLUTION OF MANN: HERBIE MANN AND THE FLUTE IN JAZZ.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES DEMPSEY, writer and instructor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His new book is a fascinating biography titled THE TORTURED LIFE OF SCOFIELD THAYER.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively and wide-ranging conversation with psychotherapist, writer and artist DONNA HAMIL TALMAN. Her fascinating work deals with themes of transformation, purification, destruction and regeneration.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and artist TRINA ROBBINS. She has been writing about and drawing comics since the 1960s. She is now one of the foremost authorities on the history of women comic artists.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with legendary comic and cartoon artist MK BROWN. A new collection of her work has just been published titled STRANGER THAN LIFE: 1970-2013 CARTOONS AND COMICS.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with award-winning poet MARTHA SILANO. She talks about her new collection of poems titled RECKLESS LOVELY as well THE DAILY POET: DAY-BY-DAY PROMPTS FOR YOUR WRITING PRACTICE written with Kelli Russell Agodon.
Two thirds of Americans and Europeans no longer experience real night. Light pollution from numerous malls, parking lots, streetlights and sports fields have bleached our night sky so that we can only see a tiny fraction of the stars that are above us every night.
Professor of Biology and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University STEPHEN R. PALUMBI returns to Inquiry to continue talking about his new book THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA. This book was co-written with his son Anthony R. Palumbi.
Writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT returns to Inquiry to talk about her book CROW PLANET: ESSENTIAL WISDOM FROM THE URBAN WILDERNESS. Crows are all around us even in cities and as Lyanda writes they are the single most often encountered native wild animals we are likely to see.
Why are Japanese game shows so funny to the Japanese but don’t seem so funny to Americans? What makes a New Yorker cartoon hilarious? What kind of humor is found in Palestine? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist and writer JOEL WARNER.
Why are some species of birds increasing in numbers while other species numbers are declining? What are the factors that influence a bird’s population? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with IAN NEWTON, ornithologist, applied scientist and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography.
Writer ARLO CRAWFORD grew up on his parent’s organic farm in rural Pennsylvania but left as soon as he could.
Photographer and teacher ROBERT DAWSON traveled across the United States for 18 years photographing public libraries. What he found were unique, vibrant institutions that were crucial to their local communities.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist MITCHEL KING AHERN visual artist, musician, and sound artist. He has also been described as a fiber performance artist. Tune in for a lively conversation with him and learn about the upcoming re-filming of PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE!
Historian and curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution WILLIAM L. BIRD JR drops by Inquiry once again to talk about his book AMERICA’S DOLL HOUSE: THE MINIATURE WORLD OF FAITH BRADFORD.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a wild and wide-ranging and informative talk with visionary artist HOWARD JOHNSON. Howard talks about his early days, how he started out as an artist and how he creates his unique works.
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