7 episodes

A show about numbers and us. Documentary stories about ourselves, our world, our universe--guided by a curiosity for math and numbers.

Digits James Simenc

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

A show about numbers and us. Documentary stories about ourselves, our world, our universe--guided by a curiosity for math and numbers.

    #6 Cake Envy

    #6 Cake Envy

    Welcome to the world of fair division, a world where your slice of birthday cake is always better than everyone else's.

    • 30 min
    #5 About Schmidt

    #5 About Schmidt

    Entomologist Dr. Justin Schmidt is known as "The King of Sting" for good reason. After decades spent subjecting himself to ant, wasp, and bee stings, the Schmidt Sting Pain Index is the bible of insect stings. Or perhaps it's a connoisseur's guide.

    • 42 min
    #4 The Dozenalist Manifesto, or Twelve is the New Ten

    #4 The Dozenalist Manifesto, or Twelve is the New Ten

    All of western civilization counts by tens. But what if there was a better way? A way to make basic arithmetic simpler, and multiplication tables easier to memorize? Enter number twelve.

    • 24 min
    #3 The Impossible Marathon, Part 2

    #3 The Impossible Marathon, Part 2

    The marathon world record stands at 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds. Is it possible for a human to run the race in less than 2 hours flat? Part 2--the Kalenjin, Kenya's super-runners.

    • 29 min
    #2 The Impossible Marathon, Part 1

    #2 The Impossible Marathon, Part 1

    The marathon world record stands at 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds. Is it possible for a human to run the race in less than 2 hours flat? Part 1--the marathon's surprising history, and how to build the perfect distance runner.

    • 29 min
    #1 The Vote

    #1 The Vote

    Maine hasn't elected a new governor with majority support in over 50 years. A 2016 citizen referendum proposes a solution, and a new website brings the power of social choice theory to the people.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

jollybard13 ,

Fun and informative

James keeps it interesting. Can't wait to see how it develops!

-Tomnomnom- ,

Interesting and Fun!

Every episode has been great so far. As a math person who was born on the twelfth day of the twelfth month I especially enjoyed episode four.

PattyM1973 ,

Fascinating!

A fascinating look at the intersection of math, culture, and human behavior.

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