Love, Hate, and Sex from the History of Science

We’ve got it all covered in the latest Distillations podcast: sex, pettiness, swinging, cemeteries, espionage, murder, and beheadings.

This is not just another sappy love story from science’s past. Instead we offer you three tales of lust, loneliness, betrayal, pettiness, and not one, but two beheadings.


Hosts: Alexis Pedrick and Elisabeth Berry Drago
Senior Producer: Mariel Carr
Producer: Rigoberto Hernandez
Reporters: Alexis Pedrick and Elisabeth Berry Drago
Audio Engineer: James Morrison
Photo illustration by Jay Muhlin
Additional audio production by Dan Drago


Music courtesy of the Audio Network

Research Notes

Martha Drinnan

Is Laurel Hill Haunted?Laurel Hill Cemetery Blog, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, April 30, 2018.
Sherman, Conger. Guide to Laurel Hill Cemetery, Near Philadelphia, 1847. Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 1847.
Strauss, Robert. “Grave Sights.” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 29, 2010.

It's a Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Duveen, Denis. “Madame Lavoisier 1758–1836.” Chymia 5 (1953): 13–29.
Everts, Sarah. “Acknowledging Madame Lavoisier.” Artful Science (blog), C&EN, June 1, 2011.
Hoffmann, Roald. “Mme. Lavoisier.” Scientific American 90 (2002): 22–24.
The Human Side of Science: Edison and Tesla, Watson and Crick, and Other Personal Stories behind Science’s Big Ideas (2016).”
Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier.” Wikipedia, accessed February 11, 2019.

Touched by the Angels

Clucas, Stephen, ed. John Dee: Interdisciplinary Studies in English Renaissance Thought. Dordrecht: Springer, 2006.
Dee, John. The Compendious Rehearsal. London: Thomas Hearne, 1726.
British Library (website), Collection Items.
Harkness, Deborah. John Dee’s Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
In, Mystical Metal of Gold: Essays on Alchemy and Renaissance Culture, edited by Stanton J. Linden, 35–79. New York: AMS, 2007.
Sherman, William Howard. John Dee: The Politics of Reading and Writing in the English Renaissance. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.