Patented: History of Inventions | 16 August 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Keith Houston about his book Empire of the Sum: The Rise and Reign of the Pocket Calculator. Discusses how humans did mathematics before calculators; the development of number systems, slide rules and mechanical calculators; and shares stories about key steps in the development of pocket calculators.
Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea | 25 July 2023 | 0h 17m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kit Yates about his book How To Expect The Unexpected: The Science of Making Predictions and the Art of Knowing When Not To. Discusses randomness, the cognitive biases that get in the way of making good predictions, and offers tips on making better predictions.
More or Less | 1 July 2023 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Describes the mathematics behind the projection of just 6 great-grandchildren for every 100 South Koreans.
Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria | 23 January 2023 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Erica Thompson about her book Escape From Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do About It. Discusses the intersection of science, mathematics, and humanity, including how we make sense of data and use it to predict future outcomes.
Science Friction | 12 September 2021 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Brooks about his book The Art of More: How Mathematics Created Civilisation. Discusses the cultural history of mathematics, arguing that mathematics created civilisation.
Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 23 November 2021 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tai-Danae Bradley discussing her work using mathematical ideas from areas like category theory, topology, and quantum probability theory to analyze real-world phenomena like the structure of natural-language speech. A masterclass in the crisp communication of complex ideas.
Freakonomics Radio | 18 November 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Marcus du Sautoy about his book Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut in Math and Life. Argues that shortcuts can be applied to practically anything: maths, music, psychotherapy, and even politics.
New Books in Mathematics | 31 May 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ellen Peters about her book Innumeracy in the Wild: Misunderstanding and Misusing Numbers. Describes the three components of numeric ability – objective numeracy, subjective numeracy, and the innate number sense – and how they vary within and across populations. Discusses the inequities caused by this variance in quantitative reasoning skills.