We’ve been quietly making plans and gathering material for a new project over the past couple of weeks, after noticing that there’s an unusual paucity of maths podcasts at the moment. Well, that exciting new project is now happening, and it’s a half-hour podcast featuring maths, guests, puzzles and links from the internet. It’s called All Squared, and it’ll contain cringe-inducing intro/ending contrivances, interesting guest interviews on topical and other subjects, and a panoply of mathematical curiosities.
This is the first number of the podcast (we thought ‘episode’ would set unrealistic expectations of regularity, and we can never resist a pun). It includes an interview with Edmund Harriss about spoken mathematics, as well as a puzzle which we’ll give the answer to in the next number, and a great mathematical flash game to keep you occupied until that appears.
Here are some links to the things we referred to, along with some further reading:
- Mathematics Out Loud at Maxwell’s Demon, Edmund’s blog
- Milton’s Paradise Lost (Project Gutenberg ebook version)
- The Pythagorean Proposition, a book containing nearly 370 proofs
- The proof of Pythagoras’ theorem that Katie gave
- Pythagorean Theorem poem
- Maths Poetry at Mr P’s Maths Page
- Gunfight at the cubic corral – Thony Christie on Cardano, Tartaglia and 16th Century maths competitions
- The same topic at The Story of Mathematics
- CP’s proof without words on YouTube
- Edmund says Sphere Packings, Lattices and Groups by John Conway is particularly readable.
- Z-Rox, the dimensionally deficient game, at Kongregate
Number 2 (or should it be 4?) will appear soonish.
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The next number should absolutely be number 4. Without question.
This reminded me of Jonathan Coulton’s now sadly out of date song ‘Mandelbrot Set’, whose chorus is the algorithm for drawing the eponymous fractal and is how I remember the maths.