For this episode Samuel Hansen spoke with the people behind the Museum of Mathematics right before the February 2012 Math Encounter talk by Jeff Weeks about the Shape of Space. He spoke with the Chief of Operations Cindy Lawrence, Executive Director Glen Whitney, Chief of Design Tim Nissen, and Chief of Content George Hart about the what, the how, and the when of the soon to be opening museum. Be sure to check out the Museum of Mathematics at their website, register to attend a Math Encounter, and follow them on twitter. Not only that, here is a link to the great web games that Jeff Weeks used during his talk. Practice up and you might be able to best me in a game of Tic-Tac-Toe on a klein bottle.
On today’s episode of Strongly Connected Components I am joined by the journalist and author Alex Bellos. Alex’s most recent book is Here’s Looking at Euclid, Alex’s Adventures in Numberland for UK listeners, and it is a journey through the world of mathematics told through stories that literally take the reader around the world. We talk about his writing techniques and mathematical storytelling in general. To find out more about Alex Bellos visit his website and follow him on twitter.
Samuel Hansen is back at the helm of Strongly Connected Components talking to Colin T Graham, the man behind the twitter hastag #mathchat. They talk about #mathcha, the intersection of mathematics and origami, and mathematics and music. Be sure to check out #mathchat, its twitter, its archive, and Colin’s twitter and blog.
So after a rather long wait everyone came through at the death and the ACMEScience Kickstarter project Relatively Prime got funded. I want to thank all of you who helped make this dream of mine a reality. Right after the pledge that knocked us over the edge happened I talked with my Math/Maths co-host Peter Rowlett to talk about how it felt. Listen to how happy I sound.
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Relatively Prime will be an 8 episode audio podcast featuring stories from the world of mathematics. Tackling questions like: is it true that you are only 7 seven handshakes from the President, what exactly is a micromort, and how did 39 people commenting on a blog manage to prove a deep theorem. Relatively Prime will feature interviews with leaders of mathematics, as well as the unsung foot soldiers that push the mathematical machine forward. With each episode structured around topics such as: The Shape of Things, Risk, and Calculus Wars, Relatively Prime will illuminate each area by delving into the history, applications, and people that underlie the subject that is the foundation of all science.
I think this could really be an amazing project, but it can only happen with your support. So please, if you can, support it financially, or please twitter, tumblr, reddit, blog, or any other thing about it(You cab use the nice link http://bit.ly/relprime). The more people that know the better the chance that Relatively Prime will happen. I also made this video to explain just what this project is about and why you should support it: