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Live Interview with Tom Jackson and Chilled: How Refrigeration Changed the World and Might Do So Again

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The refrigerator may seem mundane nowadays, but it is one of the wonders of twentieth-century science–lifesaver, food preserver, social liberator. Part historical narrative, part scientific decoder, Chilled looks at early efforts to harness the cold at the ice pits of Persia (Iranians still call their fridges the “ice pit”) and ice harvests on the Regents Canal. As people learned more about what cold actually was, scientists invented machines for producing it on demand. The discovery of refrigeration and its applications features a cast of characters that includes the Ice King of Boston, Galileo, Francis Bacon, an expert on gnomes, a magician who chilled a cathedral, a Renaissance duke addicted to iced eggnog, and a Bavarian nobleman from New England. Refrigeration…

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How Refrigeration Changed the Present and the Future

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If you had to lose the use of just one appliance in your house, which one would affect your life the most? Sure, losing your computer or your television would be a bummer—you would have to resort to binge-watching your cat playing with a toy mouse for entertainment. No stove might lead to peanut butter sandwiches for dinner and if you didn’t have your washing machine, there’s always the laundromat. Heck, you could cook over an open fire in the backyard and beat your clothes on a rock in a river if you had to. But what would happen if you suddenly had no refrigerator? You would lose your place in the “cold chain,” a globally-encompassing transport corridor that connects…

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