Podcast Notes: The Science of Hell


Sketch by Robert Lamb, based on the illustration by Randy Cerveny Crayon and marker art by Robert Lamb, based on the illustration by Randy Cerveny

So, as promised, here's a quick sketch of Randy Cerveny's take on Hell's weather. We do our best to explain all of this in the "Science of Hell" episode, but I realize it's a very visual thing. So I grabbed my crayons and markers and did this. The arrows illustrate the movement of air in two circulation cells. And if you just want a good map of Dante's Hell in general, I recommend this one. And, as always, my preferred translations of "The Divine Comedy" are the Robert M. Durling ones.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.