Adrienne Mayor is an independent folklorist/historian of science who investigates natural knowledge contained in pre-scientific myths and oral traditions. Her research looks at ancient "folk science" precursors, alternatives, and parallels to modern scientific methods. Mayor's two books on pre-Darwinian fossil traditions in classical antiquity and in Native America have opened up a new field within geomythology, and her book on the origins of biological weapons uncovered the ancient roots of biochemical warfare. Her research has been featured on NPR and BBC, the History Channel, and other popular media, most recently in the New York Times and National Geographic.
- Fossil Legends of the First Americans
- Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs
- The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times
Science historian Adrienne Mayor shared her research into how pre-scientific cultures understood the fossil record, and how their interpretation formed the basis of many ancient legends. ... More »Host: Ian Punnett