002 – Locust


Ashish Kulkarni and Aadisht Khanna talked about Locust, a book by Jeffrey Lockwood that discusses the science and history behind locust infestations in the United States of America more than a hundred years ago; and discovered that there’s much more to the book than locusts.

This episode was recorded on 12 May 2020, about three weeks before the first swarms of locusts reached India; and so does not discuss the problems India has faced with locusts in the last couple of weeks.

What We Talked About

Goodreads: Locust

Goodreads: Antifragile

Goodreads: The Wizard and the Prophet

Goodreads: A Dominant Character

Wikipedia: Phylloxera

Goodreads: The Drunken Botanist

Goodreads: Vermeer’s Hat

Goodreads: Jurassic Park

Goodreads: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Wikipedia: MS Excel date error

Goodreads: Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation

Additional Reading

We remembered these connections after we recorded our conversation.

Goodreads: Amsterdam by Russel Shorto, for more reading related to Vermeer and Amsterdam’s position at the centre of global trade


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