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Combinations and Permutations Episode 68: Brachistroni and Cheese

On this episode of Combinations and Permutations Samuel Hansen is joined by Cody Palmer and Christopher Bates for a rather lively discussion of Conics, Koch, Roses, Spirals, the Witch of Agnesi, and brachistroni and cheese. In other words they talked about curves.

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Topics Covered:

Curves
Curvature
Conic Sections
Koch Curve
Witch of Agnesi
Brachistrone
Rose Curve
Catenary
Spiral
Backward Bending Supply Curve of Labor

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Strongly Connected Components Episode 37: Scott Aaronson

(via http://www.scottaaronson.com/)

Samuel Hansen is joined by Scott Aaronson, Professor of Computer Science at MIT. Their covers how Nintendo can lead to a career in theoretical computer science, a clear definition of Quantum Computing and its importance, and finally why a person would wager $200,000 that a P vs. NP proof was false. Scott Aaronson also writes a very cogent and wonderful blog, is the mind behind Complexity Zoo, and has many more interesting things available on his website.

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Combinations and Permutations Episode 67: This is Not About Facebook

Samuel Hansen is joined by Cody Palmer, Brandon Metz, and Juan Mariscal to talk about Small Worlds, Power Laws, the Strength of Weak Ties, and just why Your Friends have More Friends that You Have.

Topics Covered:

Social Network Theory
Milgram’s Small World Experiment
Watts/Strogatz Small World Model
Albert and Barabasi Model
Power Law Distribution
Strength of Weak Ties(PDF of Paper)
Your Friends Have More Friends than You Do

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Strongly Connected Components Episode 36: Doron Zeilberger

(via http://www.math.rutgers.edu/~zeilberg/)

On this episode Samuel Hansen speaks with Professor Doron Zeilberger from Rutgers University. During a wide ranging conversation they talk about why everything is discrete, the importance of experimental mathematics, a divide and conquer approach to automatic theorem proving, the meaning of the word know, and the disjoint union issue that is plaguing mathematics. To find out more about Professor Zeilberger, or to watch some of his amazing talks, make sure to head on over to his website and while you are there check out his many opinions as well.

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