53 episodes

Interviews with people who love numbers and mathematics. Hosted by Brady Haran, maker of the Numberphile series on YouTube.

The Numberphile Podcast Brady Haran

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Interviews with people who love numbers and mathematics. Hosted by Brady Haran, maker of the Numberphile series on YouTube.

    Winnie the Math Whiz - with Danica McKellar

    Winnie the Math Whiz - with Danica McKellar

    Catch a video version of this episode at: https://youtu.be/xMAiBBxQGZI

    Danica McKellar is best-known for portraying girl-next-door Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years - but she has also proven a math theorem (which bears her name) and writes books to inspire future mathematicians.

    Check out her math website and books at: https://mckellarmath.com

    And Danica’s general website at: https://danicamckellar.com

    Danica on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danicamckellar/

    Danica’s books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3VQdzny

    Danica’s co-authored paper which led to the Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem: https://scienceblogs.de/geograffitico/wp-content/blogs.dir/70/files/2012/07/i-5bb4f4203312f2a650f3294cf4ddac13-percolation.pdf

    Brady’s dog Winnie: https://www.instagram.com/the_wonderful_winnie/

    The Wonder Years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonder_Years

    Jane Street opportunities (episode sponsor): https://www.janestreet.com/join-jane-street/overview/

    Jane Street’s Insight program as mentioned on the show: https://www.janestreet.com/join-jane-street/programs-and-events/insight/

    Numberphile is also supported by the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute: https://www.slmath.org

    You can support Numberphile on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/numberphile

    Here are our Patrons: https://www.numberphile.com/patrons

    • 45 min
    The Hyper-Curious Billionaire - Jim Simons (1938-2024)

    The Hyper-Curious Billionaire - Jim Simons (1938-2024)

    This podcast marks the passing of James Harris Simons, better-known as Jim.

    The interviewees are John Ewing, David Eisenbud and Andrew Millis.

    The Simons Foundation - https://www.simonsfoundation.org

    Simons Foundation article about Jim’s life - https://www.simonsfoundation.org/2024/05/10/remembering-the-life-and-careers-of-jim-simons/

    Brady’s interview with Jim for Numberphile (full hour-log version) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNznD9hMEh0

    Shorter 18-minute version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjVDqfUhXOY

    Math For America - https://www.mathforamerica.org

    The Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute (SLMath, formerly MSRI) - https://www.slmath.org

    The Flatiron Institute - https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron/

    The Chern-Simons form - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chern%E2%80%93Simons_form

    The Archimedes (Jim’s yacht) - https://www.feadship.nl/fleet/archimedes1

    Numberphile has been supported by The Simons Foundation (via SLMath) for many years. We are yet another of Jim’s legacies.

    You can support Numberphile on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/numberphile

    Here are our Patrons - https://www.numberphile.com/patrons

    Numberphile Podcast by Brady Haran

    • 37 min
    A Very Bad Estimator - with Donald Knuth

    A Very Bad Estimator - with Donald Knuth

    Donald Knuth is unquestionably a legend of computer science and mathematics - but he is bad at estimation and grew up with a “rhinoceros attitude”.

    Don Knuth’s homepage - https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/

    The Art of Computer Programming (books) - https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/taocp.html

    On Amazon - https://amzn.to/4aUkkeT

    3:16 (book) - https://amzn.to/4aRs9lH

    Knuth’s questions for Chat GPT - https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/chatGPT20.txt

    Knuth videos on Numberphile - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLt5AfwLFPxWLfLjzHzmFO6T8jCZdipvQc

    Brady’s video on John 3:16 from his Bibledex series - https://youtu.be/ZJjFebPW5b8

    Ziegler’s Giant Bar - https://www.halfnuts.net/products/an-original-ziegler-giant-bar?variant=55664909259

    Numberphile is supported by Jane Street - https://www.numberphile.com/jane-street

    We also work with the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute - https://www.slmath.org

    You can support Numberphile on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/numberphile

    Here are our Patrons - https://www.numberphile.com/patrons

    • 54 min
    The Math of Movies - with Walt Hickey

    The Math of Movies - with Walt Hickey

    Data journalist Walt Hickey looks deep into the numbers behind movies, TV shows, and all types of popular culture.

    Walt’s new book is You Are What You Watch - https://amzn.to/3F8SwVo

    Walt’s Website - https://walthickey.com

    Numlock News - https://www.numlock.com

    Dr Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park - https://jurassicpark.fandom.com/wiki/Ian_Malcolm

    Does Hollywood ruin books? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUD8h9JpEVQ

Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX0NB9IyYpU

    The problem in Good Will Hunting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW_LkYiuTKE

    Numberphile is supported by Jane Street - https://www.numberphile.com/jane-street

    We also work with the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute - https://www.slmath.org

    You can support Numberphile on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/numberphile

    Here are our Patrons - https://www.numberphile.com/patrons

    • 51 min
    Finding Your Place - with Federico Ardila

    Finding Your Place - with Federico Ardila

    Federico Ardila is a combinatorialist at San Francisco State University. He’s Colombian and in this episode he talks candidly about the struggles and prejudice encountered by people from different backgrounds as they try to make their mark in academia. And just so you know there’s happy ending in sight - this episode of the podcast will conclude with a stirring musical finale.

    Federico’s site - https://fardila.com

    SFSU page - https://math.sfsu.edu/faculty/ardila

    SLMath supports Numberphile - https://www.slmath.org

    You can support Numberphile on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/numberphile

    Here are our Patrons - https://www.numberphile.com/patrons

    • 54 min
    Yes, I accept the Fields Medal - with James Maynard

    Yes, I accept the Fields Medal - with James Maynard

    Oxford mathematician James Maynard explains why he feared accidentally refusing the most famous prize in mathematics.

    Watch this full interview on YouTube - https://youtu.be/yz-5BY_TTNI

    Full 2022 Fields Medal Winners - https://www.mathunion.org/imu-awards/fields-medal/fields-medals-2022

    See our Fields Medal Playlist - https://bit.ly/Fields_Playlist

    More James Maynard videos - https://bit.ly/JamesMaynard

    James Maynard - https://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/discover/people/professor-james-maynard/

    You can support Numberphile on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/numberphile

    Here are our Patrons - https://www.numberphile.com/patrons

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

Feandinho ,

A treat

Stumbled onto this when looking for some maths stuff on YouTube. It’s so lovely to hear maths being talked about in such a natural way, not trying to present it as a silly puzzle or as hugely complicated ( of course it CAN be both of those things…but not exclusively). Great chat and interesting guests. Always happy to listen to Hannah Fry of course 😁

Stu from Penrith ,

Everyone a gem in its own right!

I have been a regular listener since this podcast began and I can't express how much joy it has brought me! I was pretty good at A Level maths, struggled with it a bit during my engineering degree, but I always find Brady's interviews inspiring. They often make me want to go back and dust off the old textbooks. There is such a wealth of wisdom in these podcasts: occasionally I have been known to listen to an episode 2 or 3 times over 😎

SteveMcC1964 ,

Fabulous

I love the way Brady interviews his guests and victims. So much so it’s helped inspire me to get on with the Maths degree I put on the back burner 41 years ago. Top podcast

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