Early Balloonists Took Science Up, Up and Away

16:20 minutes

In Falling Upwards, writer Richard Holmes tells the story of early balloon flight—and of the nervy scientists who risked life and limb to take their experiments into the air. Among their discoveries? Insect migration and the stratosphere.

Segment Guests

Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes is a writer and biographer based in Norwich, England. He’s the author of Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air (Pantheon, 2013), among others.

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About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is Science Friday’s SciArts producer. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.