Plus podcast – Maths on the Move
As a free online magazine, Plus opens a door onto the world of mathematics... now, with our podcast series, we want to open your ears as well! The Plus podcasts will bring you the latest news from the world of maths, plus interviews and discussions with leading mathematicians and scientists about the maths that is changing our lives. Hosted by Plus editors Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger.
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As a free online magazine, Plus opens a door onto the world of mathematics... now, with our podcast series, we want to open your ears as well! The Plus podcasts will bring you the latest news from the world of maths, plus interviews and discussions with leading mathematicians and scientists about the maths that is changing our lives. Hosted by Plus editors Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger.
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- Plus advent calendar door #24: Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-advent-calendar-door-24-stephen-hawkings-70th-birthday
<p>At Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday symposium we talked to Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, some of Hawking's former students, and his graduate assistant.</p>
Monday, December 24, 2018 - 12:11
- Ramanujan, dream of the possible
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7158
<p>On the 100th anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan being elected fellow of the Royal Society Ken Ono tells us about his work.</p>
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:29
- Plus advent calendar door #22: Bang, crunch, freeze and the multiverse
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7159
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:56
- Plus advent calendar door #21: Are the constants of nature really constant?
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7157
<p>Are the unchanging numbers that define our universe really unchanging?</p>
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 11:01
- Plus advent calendar door #20: It's all maths!
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7156
<p>Could it be that the Universe is a mathematical structure? Find out more with Max Tegmark.</p>
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 10:47
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #19: Flying home with quantum physics
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7153
<p>Find out why scientists trying to build quantum computers might do worse than talk to birds.</p>
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 16:51
- Plus advent calendar door #18: The Gauss Prize 2018
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7149
<p>If you have ever been in an MRI scanner you'll appreciate David Donoho's work, which has revolutionised this imaging technique.</p>
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 15:58
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #17: Protecting the nation
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7147
<p>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.</p>
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:57
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #14: The Fields medals 2018
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7143
<p>We revisit this year's Fields medals, which were awarded in Rio de Janeiro in August.</p>
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 15:52
- Plus advent calendar door #15: Sexual statistics
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7145
<p>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.</p>
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 11:44
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #16: The puzzle of time
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7146
<p>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.</p>
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 11:51
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #13: Does infinity exist?
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7141
<p>We explore infinity, from shock waves to black holes, and from Aristotle's ideas to Cantor's never-ending tower of infinities.</p>
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 16:19
- Plus advent calendar door #12: How the velodrome found its form
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7140
<p>Find out how maths gave the Olympic cycling venue in London its elegant form.</p>
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 16:59
- Plus advent calendar door #11: The story of the Gömböc
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7139
<p>It looks like an egg, it wriggles, and it shouldn't really exist: introducing the Gömböc.</p>
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 18:14
- Plus advent calendar door #10: Small worlds on the brain
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7137
<p>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.</p>
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 17:50
- Plus advent calendar door #9: Does quantum physics really describe reality?
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7136
<p>Does it? We talk to some big names in the field to find out.</p>
Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 17:46
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #8: What happened before the big bang?
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7135
<p>The Universe is an infinitely self-perpetuating foam of bubbles.</p>
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 17:41
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #7: Was maths to blame for the financial crisis?
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7134
Can we blame maths for our money troubles? Find out behind door number 7!
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:22
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #6: Maths takes flight
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7133
<p>Open door number 6 and step inside a mathematical space!</p>
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 10:16
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #5: Catching waves
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7131
<p>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<br />
transform does, and how it does it. This podcast accompanies the Plus<br />
article <a href="/issue47/features/budd" rel="nofollow">Saving lives: The mathematics of tomography</a>.</p>
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 14:22
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #4: What is a black hole - physically?
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7130
<p>We asked cosmologist Pau Figueras everything we’ve ever wanted to know about black holes. In this podcast he explains what black holes are, physically, and how we hope to observe them.</p>
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 14:05
- Plus advent calendar door #3: How to evaluate a medical treatment
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7129
<p>It's the time of the year for cough sweets, flu medication and paracetamol. But how do we know these and other medicines really work?</p>
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 16:54
- Plus Advent Calendar Door #1: Stadium maths
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7127
<p>Find out about what's involved in building a football stadium and why it requires listening to Belgian techno.</p>
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 13:25
- Plus advent calendar door #2: Packing spheres
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7114
<p>We talk to Maryna Viazovska, who in 2016 made a breakthrough in the theory of sphere packings.</p>
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 16:48
- Nalini Joshi: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7084
<p>In this podcast we talk to Nalini Joshi, incoming President of the International Mathematical Union, about the IMU and her work.</p>
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 19:09
- The ICM 2022: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7085
<p>We talk to two of the organisers of the ICM 2022, which will take place in St Petersburg.</p>
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 19:18
- Ivan Smith: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7089
<p>In this podcast we talk to Ivan Smith, invited lecturer at the ICM, about his work and what he likes about the ICM.</p>
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 19:42
- June Barrow-Green: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7091
<p>In this podcast we talk to June Barrow Green about the history of women in mathematics.</p>
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 20:06
- Akshay Venkatesh: The podcast, part I
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7092
<p>In this podcast we ask Akshay Venkatesh what it feels like to win a Fields medal.</p>
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 20:12
- Akshay Venkatesh: The podcast, part II
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7094
<p>In this podcast we try to capture a flavour of Fields medallist Akshay Venkatesh's work.</p>
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 20:20
- Jack Thorne: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7095
<p>In this podcast Jack Thorne tells us how his work is a little like "faceting a gemstone."</p>
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 20:25
- Cheryl Praeger: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7097
<p>We speak to Cheryl Praeger about her mathematics and encouraging the next generation of mathematicians.</p>
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 20:55
- Clément Mouhout: the podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7098
<p>Clément Mouhot tells us about his work trying to understand some of the most beautiful structures in mathematics and physics.</p>
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 21:09
- Maria Esteban: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7087
<p>In this podcast we talk to Maria Esteban, mathematician and President of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.</p>
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 19:33
- The Gauss Prize 2018: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7086
<p>In this podcast David Donoho talks to us about his work revolutionising MRI scanners.</p>
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 19:26
- The Nevanlinna Prize 2018: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7090
<p>In this video we talk to Nevanlinna Prize winner Constantinos Daskalakis about his work.</p>
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 19:49
- Alessio Figalli: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/alessio-figalli-podcast
<p>In this podcast Fields medallist Figalli tells us about his work and what receiving such a high honour feels like.</p>
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 23:02
- The Fields Medals 2018: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/7067
<p>In this podcast we report on the prestigious Fields medals, which were awarded yesterday at the International Congress of Mathematicians, taking place in Rio de Janeiro.</p>
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 23:49
- Women of Mathematics: Natalia Berloff
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/6824
<p>We talk to Natalia Berloff, one of the women featured in the <a href="/content/women">Women of Mathematics photo exhibition</a>.</p>
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:13
- Women of Mathematics: Nilanjana Datta
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/6826
<p>We talk to Nilanjana Datta, one of the women featured in the <a href="/content/women">Women of Mathematics photo exhibition</a>.</p>
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:29
- Women of Mathematics: Anne-Christine Davis
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/6827
<p>We talk to Anne-Christine Davis, one of the women featured in the <a href="/content/women">Women of Mathematics photo exhibition</a>.</p>
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:34
- Women of Mathematics: Julia Gog
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/6828
<p>We talk to Julia Gog, one of the women featured in the <a href="/content/women">Women of Mathematics photo exhibition</a>.</p>
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:39
- Women of Mathematics: Holly Krieger
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/6829
<p>We talk to Holly Krieger, one of the women featured in the <a href="/content/women">Women of Mathematics photo exhibition</a>.</p>
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:46
- Women of Mathematics: Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/6830
<p>We talk to Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, one of the women featured in the <a href="/content/women">Women of Mathematics photo exhibition</a>.</p>
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 17:51
- Calculating the multiverse
https://plus.maths.org/content/node/6673
<p>If there's a multiverse, then how many of its component universes are like our own?</p>
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:57
- Laws versus outcomes: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/laws-versus-outcomes-podcast
<p>John D. Barrow talks to us about the laws of nature, how the complexity of the world conceals elegant mathematical symmetries, and how chaos can arise from order.</p>
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 12:23
- Big data and shorter queues
https://plus.maths.org/content/big-data-and-shorter-queues
<p>Chris Budd tells us how big data can be used to model riots, analyse photos and shorten airport queues.</p>
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 16:19
- What are sigma levels?
https://plus.maths.org/content/what-are-sigma-levels
<p>What do physicists at CERN mean when they talk about "sigma levels"?</p>
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 14:02
- What is a black hole – physically?
https://plus.maths.org/content/what-black-hole-physically
<p>We asked cosmologist Pau Figueras everything we’ve ever wanted to know about black holes. In this podcast he explains what black holes are, physically, and how we hope to observe them.</p>
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 14:00
- What is a black hole – mathematically?
https://plus.maths.org/content/what-black-hole-mathematically
<p>Pau Figueras explains how Einstein's theories predicted the existence of black holes, and how to describe them mathematically.</p>
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 14:13
- Sexual statistics: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/sexual-statistics-podcast
<p>David Spiegelhalter's new book <em>Sex by numbers</em> takes a statistical peak into the nation's bedrooms. In this interview he tells us some of his favourite stories from the book.</p>
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 13:24
- Cosmology, philosophy and the multiverse
https://plus.maths.org/content/cosmology-philosophy-and-multiverse
<p>Is cosmology a science or a branch of philosophy? Mathematician and astronomer Bernard Carr gives some answers.</p>
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 10:58
- Maths takes flight!
https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-takes-flight-0
<p>We talk to Shajay Bhooshan about his design for the new maths gallery at the Science Museum London.</p>
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 16:14
- Why does cosmology need philosophy?
https://plus.maths.org/content/why-does-cosmology-need-philosophy
<p>In this podcast George Ellis explains why the study of the cosmos poses some deep philosophical questions.</p>
Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 09:59
- Meet the next generation
https://plus.maths.org/content/next-generation
<p>If you're going to excel in maths it helps to start early — and that's what Peter Scholze certainly did.</p>
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:06
- The importance of a mathematical community
https://plus.maths.org/content/importance-mathematical-community
<p>Ingrid Daubechies, President of the International Mathematical Union, about the importance of community in mathematics.</p>
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 16:35
- Maths for the future
https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-future
<p>Martin Grötschel, Secretary of the International Mathematical Union, about maths at school, integrating developing nations, and his dream of putting all maths that's ever been produced online.</p>
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 06:49
- The Fields Medals 2014: Interview with Manjul Bhargava
https://plus.maths.org/content/fields-medals-2014-interview-manjul-bhargava
<p>Manjul Bhargava tells us why playing with maths in important in finding your own way of thinking.</p>
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 03:27
- John Milnor: A conversation with a mathematical legend
https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-legend-our-interview-john-milnor
<p>Why doing maths is like being Lewis Carroll's Red Queen and how to keep going beyond the formidable age of 84.</p>
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 05:25
- The Fields Medals 2014: Interview with Artur Avila
https://plus.maths.org/content/fields-medals-2014-interview-artur-avila
<p>Artur Avila tells us about taming chaos.</p>
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 08:23
- The Fields Medals 2014: Interview with Martin Hairer
https://plus.maths.org/content/fields-medals-2014-interview-martin-hairer
<p>How burning paper can win you a prestigious maths prize.</p>
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 13:06
- Einstein's evolving Universe
https://plus.maths.org/content/einsteins-evolving-universe
<p>Cormac O' Raifeartaigh recently made a surprising discovery – an unpublished paper by Albert Einstein that sheds light on how Einstein's thinking about the Universe changed as he tackled some of the big questions in cosmology at the time.</p>
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 16:36
- When worlds collide
https://plus.maths.org/content/when-worlds-collide
<p>Fields medallist Cédric Villani talks to us about our solar system, chaos, and what it's like being a mathematical superstar.</p>
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:17
- It's all maths!
https://plus.maths.org/content/its-all-maths
<p>In this podcast we talk to Max Tegmark about his hypothesis that the Universe we live in is a mathematical structure.</p>
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 09:22
- Mathematical theatre with X&Y
https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-theatre-x-y
<p>Mathematics and theatre are both imagined things that need to be consistent. So what better way to explore mathematical ideas than through theatre? We talk to Marcus du Sautoy, Victoria Gould and Dermot Keany about their new show, X&Y.</p>
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 17:09
- Putting Turing on stage: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/turing-podcast
<p><em>The universal machine</em> is a musical about Alan Turing, the mathematician and WWII code breaker who was convicted of homosexuality in the 1950s, chemically castrated as a result, and died young in mysterious circumstances. How do you turn such a story, and the maths in it, into a musical? We talked to writer and director David Byrne, Richard Delaney, who plays Turing, and Assistant Director Natalie York. </p>
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 10:03
- Do infinities exist in nature? The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/do-infinities-exist-nature
<p>Is the Universe finite or infinite? Is there infinity inside a black hole? Is space infinitely divisible or is there a shortest length? Can infinity occur at all in the cosmos or is it a mathematical construct? Find out more in our podcast with Anthony Aguirre, John D. Barrow and George Ellis.</p>
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 10:27
- The mathematical Universe
https://plus.maths.org/content/mathematical-universe
<p>Mathematics does incredibly well at describing the world we live in. Could that be because the Universe itself is a mathematical structure? It's a suggestion that has been put forward by the cosmologist Max Tegmark. We talked to him to find out more.</p>
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 09:41
- Rolling out the red carpet for the Travelling Salesman
https://plus.maths.org/content/rolling-out-red-carpet-travelling-salesman
<p><em>Travelling Salesman</em> is an unusual movie: despite almost every character being a mathematician there's not a mad person in sight. Moreover, the plot centres on one of the greatest unsolved problems in mathematics. We were lucky enough to speak to the writer/director Tim Lanzone about creating drama from mathematics.</p>
Monday, December 10, 2012 - 15:21
- How many dimensions are there: the podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/how-many-dimensions-are-there-podcast
<p>How many dimensions are there? In the latest online poll of our <em><a href="/content/science-fiction-science-fact-reports-frontiers-physics" rel="nofollow">Science fiction, science fact</a></em> project you told us that you'd like an answer to this question. So we went to see theoretical physicist David Berman to find out more.</p>
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 11:00
- Maths busking
https://plus.maths.org/content/maths-busking
<p>The 6th European Congress of Mathematics, which took place in Krakow at the beginning of July, wasn't just about mathematicians talking to each other. On the streets of Krakow maths buskers were entertaining the public, handcuffing innocent Krakowians, constructing emergency pentagons and reading minds. So what is maths busking all about? We caught up with Sara Santos, the director of the project, and one of her volunteers to find out.</p>
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 10:42
- The European Congress of Mathematics
https://plus.maths.org/content/european-congress-mathematics
At the beginning of July <em>Plus</em> went to the European Congress of Mathematics in Krakow! Around 1,000 mathematicians came together there for a week-long programme of talks and seminars. To give you an idea of what it was like we chatted to several of them during one of the coffee breaks.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 10:54
- Does infinity exist: the podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/does-infinity-exist-podcast
<p>In the latest poll of our <a href="/content/science-fiction-science-fact-reports-frontiers-physics" rel="nofollow">Science fiction, science fact project</a> you told us that you wanted to know if infinity exists. In this interview the cosmologist John D. Barrow gives us an overview on the question, from Aristotle's ideas to Cantor's never-ending tower of mathematical infinities, and from shock waves to black holes.</p>
Monday, July 2, 2012 - 13:52
- The puzzle of time: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/puzzle-time
<p>This podcast comes to you from a conference on the nature of time. We talk to philosophers of physics Jeremy Butterfield and David Wallace, as well as the eminent Roger Penrose about the puzzle time poses to physicists and what it has to do with the Big Bang and the second law of thermodynamics.</p>
Friday, May 18, 2012 - 13:31
- Imaginary Barcelona
https://plus.maths.org/content/imaginary-barcelona
<p>Imaginary is an interactive mathematics exhibition that inspires the imagination with beautiful images. And what is more exciting it allows anyone to step into the world of maths and play with beautiful mathematical surfaces, symmetry and much more. We went along to the Imaginary Barcelona conference, which brought together people involved in the original exhibition in Germany and its recent successful run throughout Spain.</p>
Friday, May 4, 2012 - 02:23
- Probing the dark web
https://plus.maths.org/content/probing-dark-web
Networks loomed large at the AAAS annual meeting in Vancouver, in particular the one you're looking at right now: the Internet. <em>Plus</em> went along to a session on web surveillance. It sounds sinister at first, but as we found out, it's not all about Big Brother breaching your privacy. Information on the web can help us catch terrorists and criminals and it can also identify a widespread practice called <em>astroturfing</em>.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:25
- AAAS meeting in Vancouver - Day 1
https://plus.maths.org/content/aaas-meeting-vancouver-day-1
<p>From flattening the Earth to dining with the jellyfish, <em>Plus</em> chats about our first day at the AAAS meeting in Vancouver, Canada.</p>
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 00:55
- AAAS meeting in Vancouver, Day 2 - What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic
https://plus.maths.org/content/aaas-meeting-vancouver-day-2-what-happens-arctic-doesnt-stay-arctic
<p>In this, our second podcast from the AAA Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, we speak to Marcel Babin about using satellite images to measure the amount of organisms, such as phytoplankton, in the Arctic ocean and studies how this changing biological diversity can both indicate, and impact on, climate change.</p>
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 20:49
- Supergravity to the rescue?
https://plus.maths.org/content/supergravity-rescue-0
<p>This is one of our podcasts from <a href="/content/stephen-hawkings-birthday-package" rel="nofollow">Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday conference</a>, which took place in January 2012 in Cambridge. Rachel Thomas talks to Renata Kallosh from Stanford University about a theory that promises to unite the physics of the very small — quantum physics — and the physics of the very large — Einstein's theory of gravity.</p>
Monday, January 23, 2012 - 09:36
- Bang, crunch, freeze and the multiverse
https://plus.maths.org/content/bang-crunch-freeze-and-multiverse-0
<p>What's a multiverse? What's the future for intelligent life? And what happened 380,000 after the Big Bang. Find out in these interviews with the physicists David Spergel and Raphael Bousso, who we spoke to during Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday conference.</p>
Monday, January 23, 2012 - 10:25
- Happy 70th birthday Stephen Hawking!
https://plus.maths.org/content/happy-70th-birthday-stephen-hawking-0
<p>"Astronomers are used to large numbers, but few are as large as the odds I'd have given this celebration today," is how Astronomer Royal Martin Rees started his presentation at Stephen Hawking's birthday symposium yesterday. He was talking about the 1960s when he first met Hawking who was then already suffering motor neurone disease. But Rees' prediction has been proved wrong. Hawking turned 70 yesterday and since the time of their first meeting he has made enormous contributions to cosmology and physics.</p>
Monday, January 9, 2012 - 21:36
- What is time: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/science-fiction-science-fact-what-time
<p>This podcast featuring Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University and Director of BEYOND: Centre for Fundamental Concepts in Science, explores this difficult question and accompanies our <em>What is time</em> article.</p>
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 16:02
- How the velodrome found its form
https://plus.maths.org/content/how-velodrome-found-its-form-0
<p>The Velodrome, with its striking curved shape, was the first venue to be completed in the London Olympic Park. Plus talks to structural engineers Andrew Weir and Pete Winslow from <a href="http://www.expedition-engineering.com/" rel="nofollow">Expedition Engineering</a>, who were part of the design team for the Velodrome, about how mathematics helped create its iconic shape.</p>
Friday, August 5, 2011 - 11:07
- Making gold for 2012: The podcast
https://plus.maths.org/content/making-gold-2012-podcast
<p>Last month leading researchers in sports technology met at the <a href="http://www.raeng.org.uk/" rel="nofollow">Royal Academy of Engineering</a> in London to demonstrate just how far their field has come over recent years. The changes they make to athletes' equipment and clothes may only make a tiny difference to their performance, but once they're added up they can mean the difference between gold and silver. In this podcast we talk to some leading sport engineers.</p>
Monday, April 4, 2011 - 10:40
- Facing the climate challenge
https://plus.maths.org/content/facing-climate-challenge
<p>Some have suggested that the changes that are needed to meet the climate challenge are similar in scale to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. And since the built environment is responsible for over half of our energy consumption, most of the changes will need to be made here. For this podcast we talked to engineer Alison Cooke, who manages a project called <em>Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment</em>, and two PhD students at the Centre for sustainable Development in Cambridge, and find out how engineers work with Government, business and other groups to help ensure a sustainable future.</p>
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 13:32
- Flying home with quantum physics
https://plus.maths.org/content/flying-home-quantum-physics
<p>The words quantum physics are usually associated with the weirder end of physics, including strange phenomena like superposition or quantum entanglement, the "spooky action at a distance" as Einstein called it. But it turns out that quantum mechanical processes occur in living systems too. Some species of birds use quantum mechanics to navigate and studying how they do it might actually help us with building quantum computers. </p>
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 10:52
- Does quantum physics really describe reality?
https://plus.maths.org/content/does-quantum-physics-really-describe-reality
<p>Quantum physics is a funny thing. With counterintuitive ideas such as superposition and entanglement, it doesn't seem to resemble reality as we know it, yet quantum physics is an incredibly successful theory of how the physical world operates. Plus attended the conference Quantum Physics and the Nature of Realtiy at the University of Oxford in September 2010. We spoke to Andrew Briggs, John Polkinghorne, Nicolas Gisin, David Wallace, Roger Penrose and Andrea Morello about how we can resolve the mysteries of quantum physics with our experience of reality. And we find out why quantum physics is just like riding a bike...</p>
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 15:49
- What's it like being a mathematician?
https://plus.maths.org/content/so-you-want-be-mathematician
<p>Why do people become mathematicians? What's it like being one and what are the perks of a job in academia? We talk to young mathematicians at the International Congress of Mathematicians, as well as to established research mathematician Larry Guth, to find out.</p>
Monday, September 6, 2010 - 14:48
- And who chooses the winners?
https://plus.maths.org/content/and-who-chooses-winners
<p>What's the point of the Fields Medal and other maths prizes? Who decides who gets one? And when will we have the first female medallist? Rachel talks to László Lovász, current president of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), Martin Grötschel, the IMU's secretary, and Ragni Piene, the new chair of the Abel Prize committee about all this and more.</p>
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 17:20
- Interview with Simon Singh at ICM 2010
https://plus.maths.org/content/interview-simon-singh-icm-2010
We talk to Simon Singh, winner of the <a href="/content/simon-singh-wins-leelavati-prize-public-outreach-maths">Leelavati Prize </a> for public outreach in maths, at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010.
Friday, August 27, 2010 - 06:46
- Interview with Brendan Mackay about the debunking of the bible code
https://plus.maths.org/content/interview-brendan-mackay-about-debunking-bible-code
<p>We talk to Brendan Mackay, who spoke at the ICM, about how he debunked the bible codes.</p>
Friday, August 27, 2010 - 07:57
- Interview with Stas Smirnov
https://plus.maths.org/content/interview-stas-smirnov
<p>We were lucky enough to interview Stas Smirnov at the ICM in Hyderabad, India. As well as being very pleased at winning the Fields Medal and being recognised by his colleagues, Stas reminded us that mathematicians don't do research to win medals. They do it because of curiosity and he personally can't wait to get back to his theorems.</p>
Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 19:17
- Interview with Cédric Villani
https://plus.maths.org/content/interview-cedric-villani
<p>Here's the full and uncut version of our interview with Fields Medallist Cédric Villani. We'll publish a slightly more polished version when we get the time, with more explanations, but thought you'd like the chance to listen to the whole thing.</p>
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 08:55
- How to protect your privacy
https://plus.maths.org/content/how-protect-your-privacy
<p>By cleverly cross-referencing different databases it can be possible for evil adversaries to reveal intimate information about individuals. Given that it's hard these days to keep your details off these databases, what can be done to protect privacy? We talk to Cynthia Dwork from Microsoft, whose talk at the ICM showcases some mathematical tools to keep our details safe.</p>
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 11:01
- Complex dining: day 2 at ICM
https://plus.maths.org/content/complex-dining-end-day-2-icm
<p>We're at the massive conference dinner, talking to Alex Bellos, author of best-selling popular maths book <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexs-Adventures-Numberland-Alex-Bellos/dp/0747597162">Alex's adventures in numberland</a>, mathematician Colva Roney-Dougal, other delegates and ourselves.</p>
Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 10:35
- End of a long but exciting day at the ICM...
https://plus.maths.org/content/end-long-exciting-day-icm
<p>A very tired Marianne and Rachel discuss the atmosphere at the first day of the ICM when the Fields medals were awarded...</p>
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 19:06
- Plus at the International Conference of Women Mathematicians
https://plus.maths.org/content/international-conference-women-mathematicians
<p>We talk to delegates of the International Conference of Women Mathematicians, taking place in Hyderabad, India, about the challenges faced by female mathematicians around the world.</p>
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 17:24
- Plus podcast 22, February 2010: Evaluating a medical treatment
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcast-22-february-2010-evaluating-medical-treatment
New treatments and drugs are tested extensively before they come on the market using <i>randomised controlled trials</i> (RCTs). We talk to <a href='http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/Dept/People/Spiegelhalter/davids.html'>David Spiegelhalter</a> (Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk), Sheila Bird (Professor at the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit), and <a href='http://www.straightstatistics.org/blog/nigel-hawkes'>Nigel Hawkes</a> (journalist and director of Straight Statistics).
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 11:00
- Plus podcast 21, December 2009: Protecting the nation
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcast-21-december-2009-protecting-nation
Vaccination is an emotive business. The furore around the MMR vaccine and autism has shown that vaccination health scares can cause considerable damage: stop vaccinating, and epidemics are sure to follow. But how do scientists decide whether a vaccine and a vaccination strategy are effective and safe? We talk to Paddy Farrington, Professor of statistics at the Open University. You can also read the accompanying <a href='/latestnews/sep-dec09/vaccines'>article</a>.
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 11:00
- Plus Podcast 20, September 2009: How does gravity work?
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcast-20-september-2009-how-does-gravity-work
In our fourth online poll to find out what you would most like to know about our Universe, you told us that you would like to know how gravity works. We took the question to Bangalore Sathyaprakash from the University of Cardiff, and here is his answer. You can also read the accompanying <a href='/latestnews/sep-dec09/gravity'>article</a>.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 11:00
- Plus Podcast 19, September 2009: The story of the Gomboc
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcast-19-september-2009-story-gomboc
A Gomboc is a strange thing. It looks like an egg with sharp edges, and when you put it down it starts wriggling and rolling around as if it were alive. Until quite recently, no-one knew whether Gombocs even existed. Even now, Gabor Domokos, one of their discoverers, reckons that in some sense they barely exists at all. So what are Gombocs and what makes them special?
Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 15:00
- Plus Podcast 18, July 2009: Are the constants of nature really constant?
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcast-18-july-2009-are-constants-nature-really-constant
As part of our celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 we brought you the article <a href='/issue51/outerspace/index.html'>Are the constants of nature really constant?</a>, in which John D. Barrow tells us how it all depends on which constants you choose. In the podcast of this interview you can hear how changes in the constants that define our Universe might have implications for extra dimensions, gravity, and climbing flies...
Friday, July 24, 2009 - 11:00
- Plus Careers Podcast 5, April 2009: Mathematics educator and author
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-careers-podcast-5-april-2009-mathematics-educator-and-author
If you're worried that a mathematics degree might limit your career options, then there couldn't be a better person to talk to than Steve Hewson. Find out how his varied career has taken him from the lofty heights of theoretical physics, via the trading floor of a major investment bank, into the maths classroom, and has also seen him writing his very own maths book. This podcast accompanies the <a href='/issue50/interview'>career interview</a> from issue 50 of <i>Plus</i>.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 11:00
- Plus Podcast 17, April 2009: What happened before the Big Bang?
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcast-17-april-2009-what-happened-big-bang
In our <a href='/blog/2009/03/what-happened-before-big-bang_26.html'>online poll</a> to find out what <i>Plus</i> readers would most like to know about the Universe, you told us that you'd like to find out what happened before the Big Bang. We took the question to the renowned cosmologist John D. Barrow and here is his answer. The Universe is an infinitely self-perpetuating foam of bubbles, it seems. This podcast accompanies the article <a href='/latestnews/jan-apr09/bigbang/index.html'>What happened before the Big Bang?</a>.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 11:00
- Plus Podcast 16, March 2009: Lewis Carroll in numberland
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcast-16-march-2009-lewis-carroll-numberland
We talk to Professor Robin Wilson, author of the book
<a href='/issue48/reviews/book4/index.html'>Lewis Carroll in numberland</a>, about the mathematical work of the famous author of the Alice books, whose real name was Charles Dodgson.
Friday, March 6, 2009 - 15:00
- Plus Careers Podcast 4, December 2008: Actor and mathematician
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-careers-podcast-4-december-2008-actor-and-mathematician
Victoria Gould has always known she would be an actor, and went straight from studying arts at school to running her own theatre company. But she eventually had to come clean about her guilty secret - she loves maths - and has since managed to combine a career as a research mathematician and teacher with a successful acting career on television and in theatre. In this, the first of a two part podcast, Victoria tells <i>Plus</i> why she needs to use boths sides of her brain. This podcast accompanies the <a href="/content/os/issue49/interview/index">career interview</a> from issue 49 of <i>Plus</i>.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 15:00
- Plus Podcast 15, February 2009: A disappearing number
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcast-15-february-2009-disappearing-number
Mathematics takes to the stage with A disappearing number, a work by Complicite, inspired by the mathematical collaboration of Hardy and
Ramanujan. Plus spoke to Victoria Gould and Marcus du Sautoy about the mathematical and creative process of developing this show. This podcast accompanies the <a href='/podcasts/PlusCareersPodcastDec08.mp3'>career podcast with Victoria</a> and the article <a href='/issue49/features/complicite/index.html'>A disappearing number</a> from issue 49 of <i>Plus</i>.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 15:00
- Podcast 14, December 2008: Small worlds on the brain
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-14-december-2008-small-worlds-brain
What do the human brain, the Internet and climate change have in common? They're all hugely complex, and while they're very different, the tools used to grapple with this complexity are likely to be similar. We visited the Cambridge complex systems consortium, dedicated to building an over-arching science of complexity, and talked to neuroscientist Ed Bullmore, mathematician Frank Kelly and climate scientist Hans Graf about their take on complexity. This podcast accompanies the article <a href='/latestnews/sep-dec08/complexity/'>Catching terrorists with maths.</a>
Monday, December 1, 2008 - 15:00
- Podcast 13, November 2008: Is maths to blame?
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-13-november-2008-maths-blame
According to media reports there are two suspects in the
dock: the rocket scientists' (a.k.a. the financial mathematicians) who provided the information behind the market's decisions, or the greedy bankers who only thought about quick profits and their end-of-year bonuses. We talk to David Hand, Chris Rogers and John Coates to find out who is guilty. This podcast accompanies the article <a href='/latestnews/sep-dec08/financecrisis/'>Is maths to blame?</a>
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 15:00
- Plus Careers Podcast 3, September 2008: Systems engineer
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-careers-podcast-3-september-2008-systems-engineer
Chuck Gill caught the space bug as a child when watching Alan Shepherd launch into space. Since then he's worked as a US Air Force navigator, a satellite operator, and in the US intelligence service. These days he's busy reducing carbon emissions and preparing London for the 2012 Olympics. Plus went to see him to find out more about his career. This podcast accompanies the <a href='/issue48/interview'>career interview</a> from issue 48 of Plus.
Friday, September 5, 2008 - 17:00
- Podcast 12, September 2008: Universal pictures
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-12-september-2008-universal-pictures
Peter Markowich is a mathematician who likes to take pictures. At first his two interest seemed completely separate to him, but then he realised that behind every picture there is a mathematical story to tell. Plus went to see him to find out more, and ended up with an introduction to partial differential equations. This podcast accompanies the article <a href='/issue48/features/markowich'>Universal pictures</a>.
Friday, September 5, 2008 - 15:00
- Plus Careers Podcast 2, June 2008: Exhibition Curator
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-careers-podcast-2-june-2008-exhibition-curator
This podcast accompanies the <a href='/issue47/interview'>career interview</a> in issue 47 of
<i>Plus</i>. Barry Phipps is the first interdisciplinary fellow with the Kettle's Yard
gallery in Cambridge. His remit is to develop projects of an
interdisciplinary nature, to find the common ground between things. This
week, <i>Plus</i> talks to Barry about breaking down the barriers between
artists and scientists and creating greater dialogue because, as Barry says,
science and art are intrinsically related at the centre, and there is no
stepping away from one to be another.
Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 17:00
- Podcast 10, June 2008: Maths in the Movies
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-10-june-2008-maths-movies
Maths has long been a theme in the movies.
This week, <i>Plus</i> talks to Madeleine Shepherd, organiser of the
maths film festival at the recent Edinburgh science festival, about how
maths has been presented in the movies over the years, with particular
reference to three more recent films, Cube, Pi and Flatland. For more on
maths in the movies read the <i>Plus</i> article <a href='/issue47/features/mulcare/index.html'>Maths, madness and movies</a>.
Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 17:00
- Podcast 11, June 2008: Catching waves
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-11-june-2008-catching-waves
The Fourier transform is a piece of maths that is, almost single-handedly, responsible for the digital revolution. Digital music and images would be impossible without it and it has applications in anything from
medical imaging to landmine detection. We asked Chris Budd what the Fourier
transform does, and how it does it. This podcast accompanies the <i>Plus</i>
article <a href='/issue47/features/budd'>Saving lives: The mathematics of tomography</a>.
Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 17:00
- Podcast 9, May 2008: Cosmic Imagery
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-9-may-2008-cosmic-imagery
From the complexity of the snowflake, to the London tube map and the spiralling Andromeda galaxy, imagery has always been a vitally important ingredient of science. This week, <i>Plus</i> talks to John Barrow, professor of mathematics at Cambridge University and author of the new book <i>Cosmic Imagery</i>, about the images that have changed science, and how we have viewed science, over the centuries.</p>
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 17:00
- Cosmic imagery - visual version
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-podcasts-maths-move
<p>From the complexity of the snowflake, to the London tube map and the spiralling Andromeda galaxy, imagery has always been a vitally important ingredient of science. This week, <em>Plus</em> talks to John Barrow, professor of mathematics at Cambridge University and author of the new book <em>Cosmic Imagery</em>, about the images that have changed science, and how we have viewed science, over the centuries.</p>
Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 15:17
- Podcast 8, April 2008: Codes and codebreaking - the Enigma machine
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-8-april-2008-codes-and-codebreaking-enigma-machine
The Enigma machine was once considered unbreakable, and the cracking of the "unbreakable code" by the allies changed the course of World War 2. This week, <i>Plus</i> talks to Nadia Baker from the <a href="http://enigma.maths.org">Enigma Project</a> about the history of codes and code-breaking, why the Enigma machine was considered unbreakable, the mathematics behind codes, and how it was finally cracked. The Enigma Project travels all over the United Kingdom and abroad, visiting over 100 schools and organisations, reaching over 12,000 people of all ages every year.
Friday, April 18, 2008 - 12:00
- Podcast 7, March 2008: Biostatistics - From cradle to grave
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-7-march-2008-biostatistics-cradle-grave
Bacon sandwiches, drinking while pregnant, obesity - health risks are a favourite with the media. But behind the simple numbers quoted in the headlines lies a huge and sophisticated body of statistical research. We talk to Professor Sheila Bird of the Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge about her work in public health and its impact on policy, and discuss bias in pharmaceutical studies, as recently highlighted by the controversy around antidepressants.
Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 09:00
- Podcast 6, January 2008: Interdisciplinary Maths, from life on Mars to cancer development
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-6-january-2008-interdisciplinary-maths-life-mars-cancer-development
We talk to four researchers from UCL's centre for mathematics and physics in the life sciences and experimental biology (COMPLEX) about the role of maths in such fields as astrobiology, cancer modelling and biology.
Monday, January 21, 2008 - 09:00
- Podcast 4, November 2007: Leonard Euler and maths communication
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-4-november-2007-leonard-euler-and-maths-communication
We talk to Professor Chris Budd about the greatest mathematician of all - Leonard Euler. We also talk about maths communication, maths in the food industry and the best mathematical pickup lines.
Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 14:30
- Plus Careers Podcast, December 2007: Mathematical Modelling Consultant
https://plus.maths.org/content/plus-careers-podcast-december-2007-mathematical-modelling-consultant
We talk to Nira Chamberlain about his job as a modelling consultant involving aircraft carriers, telecommunication networks, staying slim and speaking French.
Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 14:30
- Podcast 5, December 2007: Stadium maths
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-5-december-2007-stadium-maths
We talk to Paul Shepherd about the maths of the Arsenal
football stadium and to David Youdan about applied maths in the classroom.
Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 14:30
- Podcast 1, August 2007: Breaking the ice
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-1-august-2007-breaking-ice
We talk to Shahn Majid about a whole new geometry of space, find out about how mathematics is combatting climate change, as well as all the latest news from the world of maths.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 15:00
- Podcast 2, October 2007: The geometry of viruses
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-2-october-2007-geometry-viruses
Reidun Twarock finds symmetry in viruses and tells us about the maths used to understand them.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 15:00
- Podcast 3, October 2007: Women in mathematics
https://plus.maths.org/content/podcast-3-october-2007-women-mathematics
We visit the European Women in Mathematics conference and talk to two leading mathematicians, Caroline Series and Cheryl Praeger.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 15:00