Podcast Archive

Find all of our Podcasts from 2007 onwards

How do you calculate herd immunity?

Listen to Plus editor Rachel Thomas explain herd immunity on the Guardian Weekly Science podcast.

Meet your digital twin

Will we one day have digital versions of our entire body to help us make medical and life style decisions and see what medical treatments are right for us? Find out in this podcast.

A tour through maths and music

Explore the connections between mathematics and music at the La La Lab exhibition.

The virus

In this podcast we explore the famous curve, talk about how to communicate science in a crisis, and explain the maths of herd immunity in one minute.

Plus advent calendar door #24: Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday

At Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday symposium we talked to Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, some of Hawking's former students, and his graduate assistant.

Plus advent calendar door #22: Bang, crunch, freeze and the multiverse

What's a multiverse? What's the future for intelligent life? And what happened 380,000 after the Big Bang. At Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday conference we talked to physicists David Spergel and Raphael Bousso to find out more.

Ramanujan, dream of the possible

On the 100th anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan being elected fellow of the Royal Society Ken Ono tells us about his work.

Plus advent calendar door #21: Are the constants of nature really constant?

Are the unchanging numbers that define our universe really unchanging?

Plus advent calendar door #20: It's all maths!

Could it be that the Universe is a mathematical structure? Find out more with Max Tegmark.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #19: Flying home with quantum physics

Find out why scientists trying to build quantum computers might do worse than talk to birds.

Plus advent calendar door #18: The Gauss Prize 2018

If you have ever been in an MRI scanner you'll appreciate David Donoho's work, which has revolutionised this imaging technique.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #17: Protecting the nation

The furore around the MMR vaccine and autism has shown that vaccination can be an emotive issue. We talk to an expert about the math used to make sure it's safe.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #14: The Fields medals 2018

We revisit this year's Fields medals, which were awarded in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #16: The puzzle of time

Time is a problem, not just for you and me, but also for philosophers. What exactly is time? Why does it have a direction? And was there a beginning of time? Find out more in this podcast.

Plus advent calendar door #15: Sexual statistics

How many times do we think of it a day? How many times we do it? And with how many people? Find out about the stats of sex with David Spiegelhalter.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #13: Does infinity exist?

We explore infinity, from shock waves to black holes, and from Aristotle's ideas to Cantor's never-ending tower of infinities.

Plus advent calendar door #12: How the velodrome found its form

Find out how maths gave the Olympic cycling venue in London its elegant form.

Plus advent calendar door #11: The story of the Gömböc

It looks like an egg, it wriggles, and it shouldn't really exist: introducing the Gömböc.

Plus advent calendar door #10: Small worlds on the brain

What do the human brain, the Internet and climate change have in common? They're all hugely complex and can only be understood with maths.

Plus advent calendar door #9: Does quantum physics really describe reality?

Does it? We talk to some big names in the field to find out.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #8: What happened before the big bang?

The Universe is an infinitely self-perpetuating foam of bubbles.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #7: Was maths to blame for the financial crisis?Can we blame maths for our money troubles? Find out behind door number 7!
Plus Advent Calendar Door #6: Maths takes flight

Open door number 6 and step inside a mathematical space!

Plus Advent Calendar Door #5: Catching waves

The Fourier transform is a piece of maths that is, almost single-handedly, responsible for the digital revolution. We asked Chris Budd what the Fourier
transform does, and how it does it. This podcast accompanies the Plus
article Saving lives: The mathematics of tomography.

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