Unknown History, as Explained Through Science

Ask Science shares an interesting story from new Unknown History podcast host Giles Milton.

Sabrina Stierwalt, PhD
1-minute read
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History and science are incredibly intertwined, so it's no surprise that historians often look to scientists to explain the unknown, and vice versa. There is a unique synergy between these two fields, which is why Ask Science Sabrina Stierwalt, PhD, was thrilled to hear that Quick and Dirty Tips was starting a history podcast with bestselling author and historian Giles Milton.

This week, Ask Science fans can listen to a fascinating story about how one man survived the sinking Titanic—by drinking Whiskey. Giles and his cohost debate the ways in which the alcohol could have actually fortified his body and kept him warm in the cold ocean until he was rescued.

Is it possible to survive 2-degree water by drinking too much, and if so, why? Listen to this bonus episode of Ask Science to find out. You can also read the full story here.

Listen to the full episode in the top right hand player of this page or try more Unknown History on for size on iTunesStitcher, and Spotify!

You might also want to check out When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain, Giles Milton's newest book, available on AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieboundBooks-a-Million, and Apple

Please note that archive episodes of this podcast may include references to Ask Science. Rights of Albert Einstein are used with permission of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Represented exclusively by Greenlight.

About the Author

Sabrina Stierwalt, PhD

Dr Sabrina Stierwalt earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Cornell University and is now a Professor of Physics at Occidental College.