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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!

SFTM, our umbrella organization, also has another (explicit) podcast called "Nerd Forensics" all about nerd (and other) culture. Check it out wherever you get podcasts! 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!

SFTM, our umbrella organization, also has another (explicit) podcast called "Nerd Forensics" all about nerd (and other) culture. Check it out wherever you get podcasts! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/breakingmathpodcast/support

    75: Existential Physics with Sabine Hossenfelder (Author Interview)

    75: Existential Physics with Sabine Hossenfelder (Author Interview)

    • 42 min
    74: Lights, Camera, Action! (3D Computer Graphics: Part I)

    74: Lights, Camera, Action! (3D Computer Graphics: Part I)

    The world around us is a four-dimensional world; there are three spatial dimensions, and one temporal dimension. Many of these objects emit an almost unfathomable number of photons. As we developed as creatures on this planet, we gathered the ability to sense the world around us; and given the amount of information represented as photons, it is no surprise that we developed an organ for sensing photons. But because of the amount of photons that are involved, and our relatively limited computational resources, it is necessary to develop shortcuts if we want to simulate an environment in silico. So what is raytracing? How is that different from what happens in games? And what does Ptolemy have to do with 3D graphics? All of this and more on this episode of Breaking Math.

    Theme was Breaking Math Theme and outro was Breaking Math Outro by Elliot Smith of Albuquerque.

    This episode is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. License information can be found here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

    [Featuring: Sofía Baca, Gabriel Hesch]

    • 43 min
    73: Materialism: a Material Science Podcast Podcast Episode (Interview with Taylor Sparks)

    73: Materialism: a Material Science Podcast Podcast Episode (Interview with Taylor Sparks)

    Physical objects are everywhere, and they're all made out of molecules, and atoms. However, the arrangement and refinement of these atoms can be the difference between a computer and sand, or between a tree and paper. For a species as reliant on tool use, the ability to conceieve of, design, create, and produce these materials is an ongoing concern. Since we've been around as humans, and even before, we have been material scientists in some regard, searching for new materials to make things out of, including the tools we use to make things. So what is the difference between iron and steel? How do we think up new things to make things out of? And what are time crystals? All of this and more on this episode of Breaking Math.

    This episode is released under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. More information here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

    [Featuring: Sofía Baca, Gabriel Hesch; Taylor Sparks]

    • 55 min
    72: The Lifestyles of the Mathematical and Famous (an Interview with Author Robert Black)

    72: The Lifestyles of the Mathematical and Famous (an Interview with Author Robert Black)

    Robert Black is an author who has written a six-book series about seven influential mathematicians, their lives, and their work. We interview him and his books, and take a peek into the lives of these influential mathematicians.

    Addendum: Hey Breaking Math fans, I just wanted to let y'all know that the second material science podcast is delayed.

    [Featuring: Sofía Baca; Robert Black]

    • 50 min
    71: What's the Matter? An Interview with Chris Cogswell of the Mad Scientist Podcast (Material Science)

    71: What's the Matter? An Interview with Chris Cogswell of the Mad Scientist Podcast (Material Science)

    Matter is that which takes up space, and has mass. It is what we interact with, and what we are. Imagining a world without matter is to imagine light particles drifting aimlessly in space. Gasses, liquids, solids, and plasmas are all states of matter. Material science studies all of these, and their combinations and intricacies, found in examining foams, gels, meshes, and other materials and metamaterials. Chris Cogswell is a material scientist, and host of The Mad Scientist Podcast, a podcast that takes a critical look at things ranging from technological fads, to pseudoscience, and topics that deserve a critical eye. On the first of a pair of two episodes about material science, we interview Chris about his experience with studying material science, and ask questions about the subject in general.
    Links referenced by Chris Cogswell:
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUvi5eQhPTc is about nanomagnetism and cool demonstration of ferrofluid
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dlt63N-Uuk goes over nanomagnetic applications in medicine
    - http://yaghi.berkeley.edu/pdfPublications/04MOFs.pdf Great review paper on new class of materials known as MOFs which are going to be very important in coming years
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkYimZBzguw Crash course engineering on nanomaterials, really good introduction to the field
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7EYQLOlwDM Oak Ridge national lab paper on using nano materials for carbon dioxide conversion to other carbon molecules
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxVFopLpIQY Really good paper on carbon capture technology challenges and economics
    [Featuring: Sofía Baca, Gabriel Hesch, Meryl Flaherty; Chris Cogswell]

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    • 55 min
    70.1: Episode 70.1 of Breaking Math Podcast (Self-Reference)

    70.1: Episode 70.1 of Breaking Math Podcast (Self-Reference)

    Seldom do we think about self-reference, but it is a huge part of the world we live in. Every time that we say 'myself', for instance, we are engaging in self-reference. Long ago, the Liar Paradox and the Golden Ratio were among the first formal examples of self-reference. Freedom to refer to the self has given us fruitful results in mathematics and technology. Recursion, for example, is used in algorithms such as PageRank, which is one of the primary algorithms in Google's search engine. Elements of self-reference can also be found in foundational shifts in the way we understand mathematics, and has propelled our understanding of mathematics forward. Forming modern set theory was only possible due to a paradox called Russel's paradox, for example. Even humor uses self-reference. Realizing this, can we find harmony in self-reference? Even in a podcast intro, are there elements of self-reference? Nobody knows, but I'd check if I were you. Catch all of this, and more, on this episode of Breaking Math. Episode 70.1: Episode Seventy Point One of Breaking Math Podcast

    [Featuring: Sofía Baca, Gabriel Hesch; Millicent Oriana]

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
299 Ratings

299 Ratings

thelessyouknow ,

1 episode in but

It’s great! Please keep it up. Love it. Listening to Feeling Lucky rn, probability and chance is so interesting.

jackson7878 ,

Off topic

When the hosts talk about actual math, the podcast is informative and interesting. When they begin speculating on non mathematical topics (elitism, human transcendentalism, etc) they quickly start sounding pretentious and uninformed. Overall the quality of content varies wildly from episode to episode based on topic.

zh@nzheng ,

Seriously?

How can a podcast about math have two dudes who can’t properly pronounce the name of Kurt Godel??

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