Dr. Peter Müllner is a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State, where he has done cutting-edge research on deformation mechanisms of metals and on magnetic shape-memory alloys. He received his diploma and doctoral degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the ETH Zürich in 1991 and 1994. Dr. Müllner also did post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Max-Planck-Institute of Metals in Stuttgart, Germany, and in the Physics Department at ETH Zürich.
Every great invention has a story. In this podcast, Dr. Müllner looks at the evolution of invention and discovery—much like he will in his Foundational Studies course at Boise State this fall. As a case study, Dr. Müllner looks at the development of steel, which had various driving forces including politics, economy, architecture, music, agriculture, war, and even religion. In turn, the availability of steel shaped buildings, landscapes, musical tones, and the courses of wars and economy. This podcast also highlights some historical figures who played significant and sometimes surprising roles. Dr. Müllner puts invention and discovery in context, discussing science and technology as they relate to history and our present day society.