Math Mutation

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Synopsis

Welcome to Math Mutation, a podcast for people of all ages where we discuss fun, interesting, or just plain weird corners of mathematics that you would not have heard in school.(Feedback email erik@mathmutation.com).

Episodes

  • Math Mutation 260: The Conway Criterion

    Math Mutation 260: The Conway Criterion

    17/05/2020 Duration: 05min

    How much can you deform hexagonal tiles and still cover your bathroom floor? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 259: Is Reality Really Real?

    Math Mutation 259: Is Reality Really Real?

    08/02/2020 Duration: 05min

    Does Donald Hoffman's book "The Case Against Reality" prove everything we perceive is wrong? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 258: Memory or Knot

    Math Mutation 258: Memory or Knot

    25/01/2020 Duration: 04min

    Exploring the Incas' clever "quipu" system of data storage. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 257: Turning Things Sideways in Time

    Math Mutation 257: Turning Things Sideways in Time

    29/12/2019 Duration: 04min

    Are memories just wires turned sideways in time? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 256: Crazy Eyed Fish

    Math Mutation 256: Crazy Eyed Fish

    30/11/2019 Duration: 04min

    How symmetry and asymmetry naturally evolve in living creatures. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 255: Mountain Climbing with Dawkins

    Math Mutation 255: Mountain Climbing with Dawkins

    13/10/2019 Duration: 05min

    How Richard Dawkins' metaphor of "Mount Improbable" explains the evolution of the human eye. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 254: How To Annoy Your Cat

    Math Mutation 254: How To Annoy Your Cat

    18/08/2019 Duration: 04min

    The mathematics of falling cats. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 253: Making Jewelry With Fermat

    Math Mutation 253: Making Jewelry With Fermat

    21/07/2019 Duration: 04min

    We discuss Fermat's Little Theorem, along with an elegant visual proof. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 252: A Mathematician Translating Pushkin?

    Math Mutation 252: A Mathematician Translating Pushkin?

    23/06/2019 Duration: 04min

    Why did a famous math author translate a classic Russian epic poem? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 251: Paradoxes, Mathematical Oddities, and Formal Verification

    Math Mutation 251: Paradoxes, Mathematical Oddities, and Formal Verification

    26/05/2019 Duration: 40min

    Audio of a recent conference talk relating Math Mutation topics to the verification of processor designs. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 250: Life on the Long Tail

    Math Mutation 250: Life on the Long Tail

    31/03/2019 Duration: 06min

    How the Long Tail theory enables Math Mutation to exist. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 249: The Other Half of the Battle

    Math Mutation 249: The Other Half of the Battle

    18/02/2019 Duration: 06min

    How poor communication of accurate math destroyed a space shuttle. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 248: A Safe Bet

    Math Mutation 248: A Safe Bet

    07/01/2019 Duration: 06min

    How the Base Rate Fallacy can help us find out if the sun has exploded. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 247: Wombat Geometry

    Math Mutation 247: Wombat Geometry

    28/12/2018 Duration: 04min

    Exploring the secrets of the only animals with cubic dung. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 246: Election Solutions Revisited

    Math Mutation 246: Election Solutions Revisited

    02/12/2018 Duration: 05min

    Can we use mathemtical insights to reduce the partisan conflicts surrounding ballot counting after every election? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 245: How Far Apart Are Numbers?

    Math Mutation 245: How Far Apart Are Numbers?

    14/10/2018 Duration: 04min

    What is the "right" way to draw a number line? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 244: Is Music Just Numbers?

    Math Mutation 244: Is Music Just Numbers?

    08/09/2018 Duration: 06min

    Do digital methods truly represent the original music, or are we missing something? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 243: The Consciousness Continuum

    Math Mutation 243: The Consciousness Continuum

    29/07/2018 Duration: 04min

    Are being asleep and awake distinct states, or part of a continuous spectrum? (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 242: Effort and Impact

    Math Mutation 242: Effort and Impact

    24/06/2018 Duration: 06min

    The pitfalls of planning using impact-effort analysis. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

  • Math Mutation 241: A Strange Fixation

    Math Mutation 241: A Strange Fixation

    31/05/2018 Duration: 06min

    The surprising properties of the number 6174, known as Kaprekar's Constant. (Send feeback to erik@mathmutation.com)

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