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Join us as we spend each episode talking with a mathematical professional about their favorite result. And since the best things in life come in pairs, find out what our guest thinks pairs best with their theorem.

My Favorite Theorem Kevin Knudson & Evelyn Lamb

    • Mathematics
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Join us as we spend each episode talking with a mathematical professional about their favorite result. And since the best things in life come in pairs, find out what our guest thinks pairs best with their theorem.

    Episode 59 - Daniel Litt

    Episode 59 - Daniel Litt

    Daniel Litt really likes Dirichlet's theorem on primes in arithmetic progressions and it's easy to see why. But we'll let him explain. Also Holmes and Watson make an appearance.

    • 26 min
    Episode 58 - Susan D'Agostino

    Episode 58 - Susan D'Agostino

    The Jordan Curve Theorem is one of the most well-known results in mathematics and everyone thinks it's obvious. But as Susan D'Agostino points out, there are weird curves where it's not so clear. Also, poetry.

    • 25 min
    Episode 57 - Annalisa Crannell

    Episode 57 - Annalisa Crannell

    This special episode is a mashup with the Talk Math With Your Friends online seminar series and features mathematician Annalisa Crannell telling us all about Desargues' Theorem, or, as she would call it, the Fundamental Theorem of Perspective Geometry. Also, chopsticks.

    • 33 min
    Episode 56 - Belin Tsinnajinnie

    Episode 56 - Belin Tsinnajinnie

    Voting theory is on everyone's mind these days. Belin Tsinnajinnie joins us to talk about Arrow's Impossibility Theorem which asserts that the only voting system that conforms to some reasonable rules is a dictatorship by one person. Also tacos.

    • 35 min
    Episode 55 - Rebecca Garcia

    Episode 55 - Rebecca Garcia

    One of those first weird facts you learn in real analysis is that the rational numbers are dense in the reals. And then you learn later that they're measure zero. Our guest, Rebecca Garcia, says this still kind of blows her mind.

    • 24 min
    Episode 54 - Steve Strogatz

    Episode 54 - Steve Strogatz

    Steve Strogatz is famous for his work in dynamical systems, but his favorite theorem is due to Cauchy. A classic of complex analysis, it asserts that the integral of an analytic function around a closed contour is zero; one of the cleanest results in mathematics. Also, cubism.

    • 32 min

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