plus.maths.org podcasts https://plus.maths.org/content/Podcast/8v- en Big data and shorter queues https://plus.maths.org/content/big-data-and-shorter-queues <div class="rightimage" style="width: 256px;"><img src="/issue23/features/data/data.jpg" alt="data compression" width="256" height="256" /></div> <!-- Image created by Charles Trevelyan for Plus --> <p> Big data is big news. With our increasing use of various gadgets and social media, we are producing more and more data everyday.<p><a href='https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/pluspodcast-chrisbuddbigdata.mp3'>Listen to our interview with Chris Budd</a></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/big-data-and-shorter-queues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://plus.maths.org/content/big-data-and-shorter-queues#comments Big data podcast Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:19:30 +0000 Rachel 6501 at https://plus.maths.org/content What are sigma levels? https://plus.maths.org/content/what-are-sigma-levels <div class="rightimage" style="max-width: 350px;"><img src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/spiegelhalter.png" alt="David Spiegelhalter" width="350px" height="200" /><p></p></div> <p>Whenever physicists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN announce their results, there is a lot of talk of <em>sigma levels</em> — numbers that measure their confidence in the results. But what exactly do those sigma levels mean? Why do theoretical physicists require much higher sigma levels that medical scientists? And how do sigma levels relate to so-called <em>p-values</em>?</p><p><a href='https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/spiegelhalter.mp3'>Listen to our interview with David Spiegelhalter</a></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/what-are-sigma-levels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://plus.maths.org/content/what-are-sigma-levels#comments p-value probability risk sigma level uncertainty University of Cambridge Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:02:41 +0000 mf344 6498 at https://plus.maths.org/content What is a black hole – physically? https://plus.maths.org/content/what-black-hole-physically <div class="rightimage" style="max-width: 350px;"><img src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/articles/2015/Tong/blackhole.jpg" alt="Curved space-time" width="350" height="222" /> <p>An artist's impression of a black hole. Image: Robert Hurt, <a href="http://www.nasa.gov">NASA</a>/<a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov">JPL-Caltech</a>.</p> </div> <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><p><a href='https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/pluspodcastnov15-blackholes1.mp3'>Listen to our interview with Pau Figueras</a></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/what-black-hole-physically" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://plus.maths.org/content/what-black-hole-physically#comments black hole general relativity relativity University of Cambridge Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:00:08 +0000 Rachel 6465 at https://plus.maths.org/content What is a black hole – mathematically? https://plus.maths.org/content/what-black-hole-mathematically <div class="rightimage" style="width: 300px;"><img src="/sites/plus.maths.org/files/articles/2012/mtheory/blackhole.png" alt="Black hole" width="300" height="240" /><p>Simulated view of a black hole. Image: Alain Riazuelo.</p></div> <p> We asked cosmologist Pau Figueras everything we’ve ever wanted to know about black holes. In this podcast he explains how you describe black holes mathematically, and how they were predicted by Einstein’s theories. </p><p><a href='https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/pluspodcastnov15-blackholes2.mp3'>Listen to our interview with Pau Figueras</a></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/what-black-hole-mathematically" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://plus.maths.org/content/what-black-hole-mathematically#comments black hole general relativity relativity University of Cambridge Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:13:44 +0000 Rachel 6466 at https://plus.maths.org/content Sexual statistics: The podcast https://plus.maths.org/content/sexual-statistics-podcast <div class="rightimage" style="width: 150px;"><img src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/articles/2015/sex/cover.png" width="150" height="239" alt="Book cover"/></div> <p>Every day we are bombarded with statistics about sex. How many times we think of it a day, how many times we do it, and with how many people. But how do we know which of those numbers can be believed? </p><p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/articles/2015/sex/david_s_audio.mp3'>Listen to our interview with David Spiegelhalter</a></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/sexual-statistics-podcast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://plus.maths.org/content/sexual-statistics-podcast#comments social statistics statistics Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:24:26 +0000 mf344 6339 at https://plus.maths.org/content Cosmology, philosophy and the multiverse https://plus.maths.org/content/cosmology-philosophy-and-multiverse <div class="rightimage" style="width: 138px;"><img src="https://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/articles/carr/bernard.png" alt="Bernard Carr" width="138" height="179"/> <p></p><p><a href='http://plus.maths.org/content/sites/plus.maths.org/files/podcast/bernard.mp3'>Listen to our interview with Bernard Carr</a></p><p><a href="https://plus.maths.org/content/cosmology-philosophy-and-multiverse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://plus.maths.org/content/cosmology-philosophy-and-multiverse#comments philosophy of cosmology Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:58:07 +0000 mf344 6197 at https://plus.maths.org/content