7 episodes

Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney take a single word and use it to investigate things that might not seem particularly interesting on the surface, but become fascinating when you get down to the nitty and / or gritty.

A Podcast Of Unnecessary Detail Festival of the Spoken Nerd

    • Comedy
    • 4.7 • 72 Ratings

Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney take a single word and use it to investigate things that might not seem particularly interesting on the surface, but become fascinating when you get down to the nitty and / or gritty.

    Transmission

    Transmission

    Steve talks about how plants transmit their genes, Helen eavesdrops on whales and Matt decodes spacecraft transmissions. Plus a song about the bravest little transmitter in the universe.

    00:48 - Steve's bit
    14:13 - Matt's bit
    28:38 - Helen's bit
    41:42 - The Philae Song

    This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount on your annual subscription: https://brilliant.org/apoud.

    • 44 min
    Table

    Table

    Steve goes to war against rote learning; Matt tells us how ancient numbers affect what we can and can't name our dogs; and Helen's bit is elementary, my dear listener.

    00:50 - Matt's bit
    12:41 - Steve's bit
    25:22 - Helen's bit
    40:26 - The Element Song

    This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount on your annual subscription: https://brilliant.org/apoud. 

    • 43 min
    Stick

    Stick

    In this episode, Steve talks about a sticky effect, Matt gets us tangled in stick knots, and Helen gets stuck into sticky numbers.

    Want more detail? Show notes are at fotsn.com/podcast. We’re on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com.

    This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount on your annual subscription: https://brilliant.org/apoud.

    • 35 min
    Rings

    Rings

    Helen investigates a curious ring that lives in the sea, Steve contemplates the meaning of life itself and Matt brings along some bagels.

    Want more detail? Show notes at festivalofthespokennerd.com/podcast. We’re on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram or podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com.

    This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and subscription discount: https://brilliant.org/apoud.

    • 33 min
    Interstellar

    Interstellar

    Steve tries to measure stars with his thumb, Matt talks black holes & plot holes and Helen plays her favourite space sounds. Plus interstellar travel tips in song.

    More detail? Show notes at fotsn.com/podcast. We’re on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram or podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com.

    This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount: https://brilliant.org/apoud

    • 43 min
    Fuel

    Fuel

    Helen talks fuel for your body, Matt talks plane fuel and Steve talks origin theories for one fossil fuel. Plus a song about the ultimate source of Earth’s fuel.

    More detail? Show notes at fotsn.com/podcast. We’re on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and podcast@festivalofthespokennerd.com.

    This podcast is sponsored by Brilliant.org, where you can learn science, maths and engineering through online interactive courses. Use this link for a free trial and discount: https://brilliant.org/apoud

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

mrmockturtle ,

Enthusiasm is contagious

Always surprising and entertaining. Everything is fascinating when you know the unnecessary details!

userkkkkkk ,

Accessible

As an arts graduate I love how accessible the podcast is. The clarity and humour are great for aged historians.

verseandy ,

Whole lot of fun

Great podcast, you’re so busy enjoying listening that you don’t appreciate how much fun stuff you’re learning. Well worth a listen!

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