276 episodes

Welcome to Math Mutation, a podcast for people of all ages where we discuss fun, interesting, or just plain weird corners of mathematics that you would not have heard in school.(Feedback email erik@mathmutation.com).

Math Mutation Erik Seligman

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 78 Ratings

Welcome to Math Mutation, a podcast for people of all ages where we discuss fun, interesting, or just plain weird corners of mathematics that you would not have heard in school.(Feedback email erik@mathmutation.com).

    Math Mutation 275: Demanding Fair Dice

    Math Mutation 275: Demanding Fair Dice

    What does it take to create fair dice for an online game?

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    • 4 min
    Math Mutation 274: The Gomboc

    Math Mutation 274: The Gomboc

    A strange self-righting 3-D shape was only discovered in the 21st century.

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    • 4 min
    Math Mutation 273: A Maze Of Labyrinths

    Math Mutation 273: A Maze Of Labyrinths

    Why are literary and visual labyrinths from ancient and medieval times so different?

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    • 5 min
    Math Mutation 272: The Mathematics of Jackie Mason

    Math Mutation 272: The Mathematics of Jackie Mason

    How Jackie Mason derived jokes from Talmudic logic.

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    • 5 min
    Math Mutation 271: Too Much Testing

    Math Mutation 271: Too Much Testing

    Think about the math before getting tested for a rare disease.

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    • 5 min
    Math Mutation 270: Which Way To Turn

    Math Mutation 270: Which Way To Turn

    Why are screw threads always right-handed? Or are they?

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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

katenmkate ,

Five Extra Large Stars!

Twelve years and counting. (See two reviews below). Thanks Erik, for this awesome podcast!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years of listening to Erik producing these wonderful pods. In the beginning I had just discovered the world of podcasts, and M.M and Erik quickly went to the top of my subscribed list. . .
Below is a review I wrote years ago. It is STILL totally applicable.

...We look forward to your podcast. Informative and fun, it adds a 'math' dimension to life. AND there are over 200 previous episodes to enjoy. We recommend this podcast to everyone.

Srebby ,

I really enjoy this podcast

I admire Erik's ability to find new areas of math to talk about, and the way he makes them so accessible to amateurs such as me. He's true to his intro... finding math in all sorts of weird corners.

Keep it up, Erik.

Update 6/27/18: I am a middle school math teacher. No matter what I'm teaching there is always a student who either "knows this already" or "did this last year," and I am constantly in search of enrichment problems and activities. Some of these podcasts are great fodder for these activities. I've been on hiatus from listening for a while, but I'm catching up and glad to be finding more pearls of wisdom.

David S.

D. Zemke ,

A math podcast for everyone

I have been listening to his podcast since 2008, and I have always been impressed by with Erik’s ability to take aspects of every day life and explain the mathematics and philosophy that are behind them. As a future professional mathematician, I appreciate how every topic, no matter the level of mathematical sophistication, is explained in a down-to-earth way that is accessible to anyone regardless of their background. After seven years, I still eagerly look forward to the release of each new episode, and I still find each one as interesting as the previous. Keep up the great work!

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