Discover the Living Proof podcast!

Share this page
Dan Aspel

Dan Aspel, host of the Living Proof podcast.

The Isaac Newton Institute (INI) is our neighbour at the University of Cambridge and it's a very exciting place. It gives mathematicians from around the world the space and time to think and talk about cutting edge research as part of dedicated research programmes. Some amazing mathematical moments have occurred at the INI, including the announcement of the proof of Fermat's famous last theorem.

Luckily for non-mathematicians, the INI has a podcast called Living Proof, which is aimed at a general audience. Hosted by the INI's Dan Aspel, guests on the podcast range from visiting academics to mathematicians, other scientists, musicians, artists, students, and prominent figures within the University of Cambridge and beyond. From the maths of cycling to being a female mathematician, there are lots of topics to explore. Enjoy!

Listen to the Living Proof podcast!

  • Want facts and want them fast? Our Maths in a minute series explores key mathematical concepts in just a few words.

  • What do chocolate and mayonnaise have in common? It's maths! Find out how in this podcast featuring engineer Valerie Pinfield.

  • Is it possible to write unique music with the limited quantity of notes and chords available? We ask musician Oli Freke!

  • How can maths help to understand the Southern Ocean, a vital component of the Earth's climate system?

  • Was the mathematical modelling projecting the course of the pandemic too pessimistic, or were the projections justified? Matt Keeling tells our colleagues from SBIDER about the COVID models that fed into public policy.

  • PhD student Daniel Kreuter tells us about his work on the BloodCounts! project, which uses maths to make optimal use of the billions of blood tests performed every year around the globe.