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Maths on the Move, the podcast from plus.maths.org, will bring you the latest news from the world of maths, plus interviews and discussions with leading mathematicians and scientists about the maths that is changing our lives. Hosted by Plus editors Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger.

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Maths on the Move, the podcast from plus.maths.org, will bring you the latest news from the world of maths, plus interviews and discussions with leading mathematicians and scientists about the maths that is changing our lives. Hosted by Plus editors Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger.

    Maths on the red carpet –Revisiting the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians

    Maths on the red carpet –Revisiting the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians

    We are getting very excited - next week is the International Congress of Mathematicians  (ICM)- one of the highlights of the mathematical calendar!  The ICM takes place every four years and it’s the biggest maths conference of them all, attracting thousands of participants, and also sees the awards of some very prestigious prizes, including the famous Fields medal.

    We are fortunate to have been able to interview the prize winners in advance of the conference, but that’s top secret and we won’t be revealing the winners till they are announced publicly in Helsinki next week!  We're really looking forward to sharing our interviews with you when we meet them in person in Helsinki next week, where we will also bring you all the news from the ICM itself.



    But in the meantime, to get us in the mood, let's revisit the 2018 ICM that took place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  It was a brilliant conference and the podcast you are about to hear was recorded on that very first days of the 2018 ICM, when all the big prizes were announced.  You can find all our coverage of the past three ICM’s by going  to plus.maths.org and searching for "ICM".  

    And stay tuned for our special series of podcasts, Maths on the Red Carpet, starting next week, that will bring you all our reporting from this years International Congress of Mathematicians.  But for now - enjoy the sounds of the Brazilian forest in this podcast revisiting the exciting first days of the 2018 ICM....

    • 15 min
    The maths and magic of shuffling

    The maths and magic of shuffling

    We all have our favoured methods of shuffling cards, but most of us don't think any more about it once we've started playing a game. But there's so much more to be discovered! In this podcast mathematician Cheryl Praeger and magician Will Houstoun reveal the maths and magic behind shuffling cards. And as this podcast, first published in March 2021, was the first podcast we produced in collaboration with the Isaac Newton Institute, Dan Aspel also tells us all about the INI!



    You can watch Cheryl Praeger talk about the mathematics of shuffling in her Kirk Lecture at the INI in 2020. You can be astounded by Will Houstoun's magic, including the amazing trick we mentioned in the podcast, and find out more about his work as magician in residence at the Imperial College London and Royal College of Music Centre for Performance Science, at his website. And you can read all the details behind the maths and magic of shuffling in their Plus articles: The magic of shuffling and The mathematics of shuffling.

    This podcast was inspired by a talk given by Cheryl Praeger as part of the Groups, representations and applications programme at the Isaac Newton Institute. You can find out more about the maths behind this programme here.

    • 29 min
    Living Proof: Anita Layton – one of Canada’s most powerful women

    Living Proof: Anita Layton – one of Canada’s most powerful women

    In this episode we meet the irrepressible Anita Layton. As well as leading a busy research team, Anita also spends much of her downtime fostering diversity and mentorships throughout her networks, and is professionally engaged across disciplines as distinct as applied mathematics, computer science and the medical sciences. She was also voted one of 2021’s top 100 “Canada’s most powerful women”.



     

    We are very pleased to host this episode of the Living Proof podcast as part of our collaboration with the wonderful  Isaac Newton Institute.  Plus editor, Marianne Freiberger,  joined the INI's Dan Aspel to interview the irrepressible Prof Anita Layton of the University of Waterloo, when she was a guest at INI for a week-long workshop on kinetic theory.  You can find out more about this fascinating area of maths on Plus.

    Thank you to Dan and the INI for allowing us to host this episode of Living Proof on our podcast.   You can find all the content from our collaboration with the INI here.

    00:00 – Introduction

    00:58 – Welcome

    01:50 – Attending the “Frontiers in kinetic equations for plasmas and collective behaviour” workshop

    06:44 – How do you stay on top of multiple fields? (“I don’t always understand every single slide in a talk!”)

    12:50 – Fostering diversity in the sciences, connecting mentorships between different generations of female mathematicians

    17:30 – Mathematics for “social good”? (“It excites me to do something that has meaning, that is impactful”)

    19:16 – A personal history in the sciences, “I told you I don’t have a math degree. Let me tell you why…”

    24:00 – Connecting kinetic theory, kidneys, blood flow and more

    • 27 min
    On the mathematical frontline: Matt Keeling

    On the mathematical frontline: Matt Keeling

    "We all work with exponential growth and we're really, really used to it, but we are still amazed at how fast things take off at the end." This is epidemiologist Matt Keeling talking about how a disease outbreak can still take you by surprise even if you've been working in the field for 25 years.

    Matt's team at the University of Warwick has been running one of the main models that have informed UK government on the COVID-19 pandemic. In this podcast Matt tells us about his work on the roadmap out of lockdown, whether the models have been too pessimistic, and what it's been like producing scientific results that carry so much weight.



    This episode is part of On the mathematical frontline, a special series of the Plus podcast which explores the work of mathematicians grappling with the unprecedented challenge of studying a live pandemic unfolding in front of their eyes.    In this series we interview our colleagues in the JUNIPER modelling consortium, whose research and insights have fed into the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling group (otherwise known as SPI-M) and the now familiar SAGE - the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies , both of whom advise the UK government on the scientific aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To find out more about the work of Matt's team on the roadmap out of lockdown, see this article. You can see all of our content related to JUNIPER here.

     

    • 26 min
    Reducing NHS waiting lists in the wake of COVID

    Reducing NHS waiting lists in the wake of COVID

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men in the UK and second most for women. During the first lockdown from March 2020, elective cardiac procedures and outpatient consultations were postponed and many appointments have not yet been rescheduled. In addition, those who were suffering from heart conditions did not see their GP or come to hospital. The resulting backlog presents a huge challenge.

    In this podcast, first published in March 2021, we talk to cardiologist Ramesh Nadarajah and computer scientist Jessica Enright about a meeting at the Newton Gateway to Mathematics, which brought together clinicians and mathematicians to try to tackle the problem.



    The three-day brainstorming session, part of a programme of activities by the Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in Mathematical Sciences, developed potential solutions that could also help reduce waiting lists for other conditions — and demonstrated the astonishing power mathematics can have even when you least expect it.

    This podcast, and the accompanying article, were produced as part of our collaboration with the Isaac Newton Institute (INI), which we talked about in our last episode.  You can find out more of our work with the INI here.

    • 25 min
    Living Proof: Collaborating with the Isaac Newton Institute

    Living Proof: Collaborating with the Isaac Newton Institute

    Have you every wondered about what goes on behind the scenes of Plus? Find out in this special guest episode! 

    We are very pleased to be collaborating with the wonderful  Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI) in Cambridge. Recently Plus editors Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas appeared on the INI's Living Proof podcast, talking to the INI's communication's manager Dan Aspel. 

    We talked to Dan about mathematical journalism, spreading a love of numbers, and our new collaboration with the INI. Topics touched upon include our late boss, the wonderful John Barrow, the many joys of being a maths communicator, and the thrill that comes from finding and inspiring audiences with the most unusual of subjects.

    Thank you to Dan and the INI for allowing us to host this episode of Living Proof on our podcast.   You can find all the content from our collaboration with the INI here.



    00:00 – Introduction
    00:47 – Welcome
    01:30 – A little background about Marianne
    04:05 – A little background about Rachel
    07:12 – A tribute to John Barrow
    08:36 – Choosing communication over research
    11:40 – Who is the average +Plus reader?
    13:25 – The appeal of +Plus
    17:05 – “Maths and hallucinations” (an article with “quite interesting comments”)
    22:05 – Collaborating with INI
    30:32 – Plans for the future
    32:45 – Terrible coffee… but good conversation

    • 36 min

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Wonderful Podcast

A very well done podcast on history and people (and jobs!) in mathematics. Professionally produced. This podcast shows that there is much more to maths than cold equations. Rather, mathematics is a distinctly human endeavour and each podcast is a human interest story. Keep up the great work!

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OK content, bad presenting

This is a podcast I just can't bear listening to. The content is fine, not amazing but interesting. However, the audio quality is most times terrible. I have to turn my volume way up to listen to what someone is saying, and then suddenly a second voice will come exploding my ear drums, because there is no audio equalizing. There's some bad quality recording, too, and no appearent treatment, so even with the volume on max, it's sometimes very, very hard to understand what someone is saying.

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