Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life #611

October 17, 2022

Usually when we talk about electricity we're talking about the technology that runs the modern world, but electricity is a lot more integral to our existance than making our tech work. Without electricty our bodies don't know how to move, see or hear, and the history of how we came to understand what electricity is and what it can do is wrapped up in our exploration of biology. Rachelle Saunders speaks with Tim Jorgensen, author of the new book "Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life", about the intertwined nature of electricity and life and how we came to understand it better.



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Guest Bios

Timothy Jorgensen

Timothy Jorgensen is a Professor in the Departments of Radiation Medicine and Biochemistry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC. He is also the Chair of Georgetown's Radiation Safety Committee, a Consociate Member of the National Council on Radiation Protection, and a member of the DC Science Writers Association. Dr. Jorgensen has appeared on many national news programs and podcasts, explaining to the general public the risks and benefits of radiation and electrical technologies. He is the 2017 recipient of the AIP Science Communication Award, bestowed annually by the American Institute of Physics. He lives in Rockville, Maryland. He has written two books: "Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation" and "Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life".