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Podcast: Episode 13 – History with Noel-Ann Bradshaw – Florence Nightingale

These are the show notes for episode 13 of the Travels in a Mathematical World podcast. 13 is prime and is the number of Archimedian solids, which includes the Truncated Icosahedron, the shape used in the construction of common footballs and is a model of the structure of the fullerene allotrope of carbon, which is carbon-60. More about the number 13 from Number Gossip.

In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for the History of Mathematics talks about the life of Florence Nightingale. You can read a comprehensive biography of Florence Nightingale at MacTutor and a wealth of information at the Florence Nightingale museum. There are some links to further information on her statistics at “Florence Nightingale – Statistical Links“.

I said in the episode I would post a link to the Theorem of the Day website by Robin Whitty, who sent a kind email and put a link to the podcast on that website.

You can find out more about my work with the IMA by reading this blog and visiting

N.B. The widely quoted story of Sylvester being Nightingale’s tutor has been questioned but dates to a contemporary obituary of Sylvester. For details please see: James Joseph Sylvester: Jewish Mathematician in a Victorian World by Karen Hunger Parshall. Johns Hopkins University Press 2006.

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