Steampunk is fiction…or is it fact? Dr. Brandy Schillace takes the audience along a fascinating investigation into the true tales of Steampunk Science in her 2015 TEDxCLE talk.

Historian and author Dr. Schillace writes about intersections of medicine, history, and literature. She works as Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History and Managing Editor of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (an international journal of cross-cultural health research). Dr. Schillace’s co-edited collection, Unnatural Reproductions and the Monstrous(Cambria Press) provides an interdisciplinary look at birth, and her book Death’s Summer Coat (E&T UK, Pegasus US), explores the other end of life through cultural approaches to death and dying. Her current project explores the science behind steampunk, that clockwork genre of gadgets and gizmos (and Victorian debonair).

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at