Podcasts

Podcast Archive

Find all of our Podcasts from 2007 onwards

New ways of seeing with the INTEGRAL project

We ask the INTEGRAL team about their innovative machine learning approaches to understanding remotely gathered images, and the significant impact these technologies can have on the world.

On the mathematical frontline: Ellen Brooks Pollock and Leon Danon

Hear from the epidemiologists that have been fighting the pandemic in our special podcast series.

On the mathematical frontline: Mike Tildesley

What do you actually do when you are modelling the COVID-19 pandemic? Find out with epidemiologist Mike Tildesley in our new podcast series.

How to predict our changing climate

In this podcast we ask two experts to explain the models that predict how the Earth's climate will behave in the future.

All about Plus on the Living Proof podcast

We are very proud to have been invited to Living Proof, the podcast of the iconic Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge!

Reducing NHS waiting lists in times of COVID

Mathematicians meet clinicians to challenge the NHS backlog on cardiovascular disease — find out more in this podcast!

The maths and magic of shuffling

In this podcast mathematician Cheryl Praeger and magician Will Houstoun reveal the maths and magic behind shuffling cards.

On the mathematical frontline: Julia Gog

What's it like advising government on the maths behind COVID-19? Find out with epidemiologist Julia Gog in this new podcast series.

AI, babies, and agency

In this podcast we find out why true artificial intelligence will only become possible once machines have something that babies are born with: agency.

Emergence and the dynamics of crowds: The podcast

In this podcast we talk about magical concept of emergence and how we can model the behaviour of crowds of people.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence

In this podcast find out the basics of machine learning, and why time travel and immortality might be easier to achieve than human level artificial intelligence.

What is constructor theory: The podcast

We talk to Chiara Marletto about a new way of looking at the physical world that may solve some of the problems physicists are currently struggling with.

Synchronised swimming: The podcast

How do green algae manage a perfect breaststroke even though they haven't got a brain? Enter the maths of synchronisation.

The power of ants: The podcast

In this podcast we explore how ants have helped humans to solve some very difficult problems.

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.

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.

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