Podcasts

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.

Plus Advent Calendar Door #4: What is a black hole - physically?

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.

Plus advent calendar door #3: How to evaluate a medical treatment

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?

Plus Advent Calendar Door #1: Stadium maths

Find out about what's involved in building a football stadium and why it requires listening to Belgian techno.

Plus advent calendar door #2: Packing spheres

We talk to Maryna Viazovska, who in 2016 made a breakthrough in the theory of sphere packings.

Ivan Smith: The podcast

In this podcast we talk to Ivan Smith, invited lecturer at the ICM, about his work and what he likes about the ICM.

The ICM 2022: The podcast

We talk to two of the organisers of the ICM 2022, which will take place in St Petersburg.

Nalini Joshi: The podcast

In this podcast we talk to Nalini Joshi, incoming President of the International Mathematical Union, about the IMU and her work.

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