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Breaking Math is a podcast that aims to make math accessible to everyone, and make it enjoyable. Every other week, topics such as chaos theory, forbidden formulas, and more will be covered in detail. If you have 45 or so minutes to spare, you're almost guaranteed to learn something new!

*See our new math and science youtube show called "Turing Rabbit Holes" at youtube.com/turingrabbitholespodcast ! The Breaking Math Podcast team has teamed up with Particle Physicist and Science Fiction Author Dr. Alex Alaniz to deliver a show about science and society. Subscribe and never miss an episode! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/breakingmathpodcast/support

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Breaking Math is a podcast that aims to make math accessible to everyone, and make it enjoyable. Every other week, topics such as chaos theory, forbidden formulas, and more will be covered in detail. If you have 45 or so minutes to spare, you're almost guaranteed to learn something new!

*See our new math and science youtube show called "Turing Rabbit Holes" at youtube.com/turingrabbitholespodcast ! The Breaking Math Podcast team has teamed up with Particle Physicist and Science Fiction Author Dr. Alex Alaniz to deliver a show about science and society. Subscribe and never miss an episode! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/breakingmathpodcast/support

50: Episode 101 (Bases)

## 50: Episode 101 (Bases)

Numbering was originally done with tally marks: the number of tally marks indicated the number of items being counted, and they were grouped together by fives. A little later, people wrote numbers down by chunking the number in a similar way into larger numbers: there were symbols for ten, ten times that, and so forth, for example, in ancient Egypt; and we are all familiar with the Is, Vs, Xs, Ls, Cs, and Ds, at least, of Roman numerals. However, over time, several peoples, including the Inuit, Indians, Sumerians, and Mayans, had figured out how to chunk numbers indefinitely, and make numbers to count seemingly uncountable quantities using the mind, and write them down in a few easily mastered motions. These are known as place-value systems, and the study of bases has its root in them: talking about bases helps us talk about what is happening when we use these magical symbols.

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• 45 min
War and Peace: Past, Present, Future- A discussion on Alex's Science Fiction Trilogy

## War and Peace: Past, Present, Future- A discussion on Alex's Science Fiction Trilogy

Alex and Gabe discuss Alex's Science Fiction Trilogy.  Starting in a fictional Nazi Youth Science Academy, three young children go on to accomplish great things and become great friends only to discover that one of them has Jewish ancestry.   Can their friendship survive this tumultuous time in our worlds history?   The three go on to become great scientists contributing to the fates of the major powers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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• 1 hr 3 min
Violence, Poverty, Ignorance and a PhD in Physics

## Violence, Poverty, Ignorance and a PhD in Physics

-Against the odds of experiencing domestic violence, ignorance, and poverty as a child, Alex goes on to earn his PhD in Physics and provides an much better life for his children than the one that he grew up in.   This is his story.

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• 50 min
Can Science Explain Consciousness? (Ep 2 of Turing Rabbit Holes Youtube Show)

## Can Science Explain Consciousness? (Ep 2 of Turing Rabbit Holes Youtube Show)

Episode 2 from youtube.com/TuringRabbitHolesPodcast.
"Can Science Explain Consciousness?"

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• 44 min
#BLACKOUTDAY2020

## #BLACKOUTDAY2020

#BLACKOUTDAY2020

George Perry Floyd was murdered by police on May 25, 2020.

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• 8 min
49: Thinking Machines II (Techniques in Artificial Intelligence)

## 49: Thinking Machines II (Techniques in Artificial Intelligence)

Machines have been used to simplify labor since time immemorial, and simplify thought in the last few hundred years. We are at a point now where we have the electronic computer to aid us in our endeavor, which allows us to build hypothetical thinking machines by simply writing their blueprints — namely, the code that represents their function — in a general way that can be easily reproduced by others. This has given rise to an astonishing array of techniques used to process data, and in recent years, much focus has been given to methods that are used to answer questions where the question or answer is not always black and white. So what is machine learning? What problems can it be used to solve? And what strategies are used in developing novel approaches to machine learning problems?
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[Featuring: Sofía Baca, Gabriel Hesch] References: https://spectrum.ieee.org/tag/history+of+natural+language+processing

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