Marty Lichtman, a research assistant in the Department of Physics at UW-Madison, uses examples from Sir Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, biology and physics to explain the history of computers. Larger and more complex calculations have created a need for the faster quantum computer.
Joe Kapler and David Driscoll, curators at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, provide a sneak peek into the Wisconsin Historical Museum's next major exhibition exploring the diverse array of inventions, concepts, and traditions that originated - in one way or another - in Wisconsin.
Stuart Levitan, Historian and author of "Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Volume 1, 1856-1931," delves into the history of the Civil War and what it meant for Madison. Levitan focuses on the physical landscape of Madison, with photographs from the 1860s, as he explores the politics of the day.
Peter Sobol, an historian of science, traces the history of astrology to ancient Greek civilization. The Greeks learned about celestial prognostications from the Babylonians and from the Chaldeans. Ancient Greeks began using the arrangement of the heavens when a person was born to discern his fate.
Norm Meinholtz, an archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares recent discoveries at the Pamperin Park North site near Green Bay. The pre-contact settlement excavated in 2010 contains the remains of a pit house, cooking and refuge pits, and numerous artifacts suggesting the site was a winter homestead.
Leslie Bellais, Curator of the Wisconsin Historical Society, exhibits artifacts from the Civil War that have a Wisconsin connection. Discover the fascinating stories behind such souvenirs as Governor Lewis Harvey's knife, Vivandiere Eliza Wilson's dress jacket and a contraband collar taken off the neck of a runaway slave.
Hank Whipple, a retired attorney, shares his knowledge of the Union's plans during the Civil War for gaining control of the Mississippi and its connecting rivers and for the naval engagement on the Confederate Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
Steve Cramer, professor and associate dean of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison, discusses the longest-running university concrete research project in the country. The project began at UW-Madison in 1910 by Owen Withey. Intended to last ten years, the study has continued for a century.
Mike Jacobs, a professor at UW-Baraboo/Sauk Co., focuses on the propaganda employed by the nativist faction--xenophobes who believe any new Americans should resemble the macro-culture in appearance, customs and ambition. Jacobs demonstrates that fears have neither changed nor diminished over the course of American history.
Adrian Burgos, a professor in the Department of History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, shares the story of Alejandro Pompez, an Afro-Cuban American. The story of Alex Pompez illustrates how the story of Jim Crow and baseball integration are incomplete without a discussion of Latin America and of Latinos' long participation in U.S. professional baseball.