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The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong

Mark Chrisler
ScienceHistoryNatural Sciences

Did you know that Europeans used to believe that sheep grew from Mongolian trees? Have you heard about the misbegotten discovery of a new form of water in the 1960s that set off a cold war arms race? Ever seen the gleaming Las Vegas hotel that accidentally shoots heat rays at poolside guests? The Constant is an audio history of getting things wrong. From ancient science to contemporary blunders, we take you on journeys of misadventure and misapprehension, filling your brain with juicy nuggets of the sometimes comical, sometimes tragical and always fascinating ways people mess things up.


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 1.1k ratings
  • Great podcast

    Been listening to The Constant since about 2018. Continues to deliver interesting, engaging and thought provoking content. more

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  • Fantastic show. Very engaging. Can't wait for the new one to come out.

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  • Recently found this podcast and I'm working my way through the back catalog. It's entertaining and informative. A new favorite in my regular rotation.

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    2 months ago
  • “Mesmerizing!”

    Well researched and entertainingly delivered. The background music drives me absolutely nuts sometimes (dial it back a notch or three, pretty please?) but the content more than makes up for it. This is my new favorite!

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    United States2 months ago

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