52 episodes

Join hosts Peter Littig and Noah King as they discuss and explain mathematical topics with their own unique style. Full of information that will interest and entertain math lovers as well as those who maybe don’t love it quite that much… yet. Mathematical concepts, history, paradoxes, and puzzles await you, along with a generous helping of witty banter and fun. Calling all members…. The Math Club is open!

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The Math Club Pete and Noah

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Join hosts Peter Littig and Noah King as they discuss and explain mathematical topics with their own unique style. Full of information that will interest and entertain math lovers as well as those who maybe don’t love it quite that much… yet. Mathematical concepts, history, paradoxes, and puzzles await you, along with a generous helping of witty banter and fun. Calling all members…. The Math Club is open!

Email - mathclubpodcast@gmail.com
Twitter - @mathclubpodcast

    Leaving Flatland: A Discussion About Higher Spatial Dimensions

    Leaving Flatland: A Discussion About Higher Spatial Dimensions

    How many dimensions does a sphere have?  If you said three (like Noah did), you may be surprised to hear that you overshot.  In this episode, Pete and Noah explore spatial dimensions, and use a literary classic to illustrate what it even means when mathematicians talk about spaces with more than three.

    • 29 min
    Rooty Tooty: Calculating Square Roots by Hand

    Rooty Tooty: Calculating Square Roots by Hand

    A family movie night reminds Pete of an ancient algorithm for calculating square roots, so it’s back to The Math Club with pencils and paper in hand.  Join Pete and Noah as they investigate this algorithm to see just how accurate its results can be.
     
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    • 33 min
    Math Club Encore: So Many Birds

    Math Club Encore: So Many Birds

    Hey there, Math Club.  We're taking some time off to spend the holidays with our families, so this week we have a rerun of last year's holiday episode...  So Many Birds.
    Season's Greetings!  With the holidays on the horizon, a famous song leads Pete and Noah to talk about strategies for adding up long sequences of numbers.  Come join the fun, and learn how a young Carl Gauss may (or may not) have done it.  And if you're up for a challenge, we even "sum it up" with a special holiday puzzle for you to try.
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    • 21 min
    Math Club Encore: Tales from Decrypt

    Math Club Encore: Tales from Decrypt

    Hey there, Math Club.  We're taking some time off to spend the holidays with our families, so we have a rerun of one of our favorite episodes this week...  Tales from Decrypt.
    Today’s match-up answers the age-old question of what happens when an unstoppable brain meets an unbreakable cipher.  In the red corner, weighing in at 2,193 digits….   Noah’s deviously encrypted message!  And in the blue corner.... The Commissioner of Codebreaking….  The Foreman of Frequency Analysis….  Pete’s decoding skills!  Only one will leave the ring victorious.  Who will it be?  Tune in and find out!  The match is about to begin...  DING DING DING!
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    • 41 min
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    Video Bonus: Hip to be Square

    Video Bonus: Hip to be Square

    In our last episode, Hip to be Square. Pete told us about two famous magic squares—the Sagrada Família magic square and the Dürer magic square—and he mentioned that it’s worth seeing them side by side.  We thought it would be fun to put together this short video showing how they compare with one another.

    • 1 min
    Hip to be Square: Investigating Magic Squares

    Hip to be Square: Investigating Magic Squares

    Ever heard of a magic square? How about 17 quintillion magic squares? In this episode, Pete and Noah explore these fascinating mathematical objects to find out more about them.  Join in the fun as we look at examples of centuries-old magic squares, and investigate the fascinating connections they share with some modern day puzzles.
    The Sagrada Familía magic square
    The Durer magic square
    Our Rubik’s Cube symmetry video
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

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I’m so glad I listened to this podcast it has really helped me to understand the whole concept of my 5th grade.5 stars best for people who need help with math. I’m so glad to have been able to learn more about my math skills in school and my grades are improving so I will definitely reach out to a friend and help them, by showing them “The math club”. Amazing stuff 5/5 listens 24/7 365 a good over all show and it’s not just a boring math book you see in math but has jokes and opening schemes that you can see in your head thank you for making this podcast sincerely Caleb a.loving fan

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Not just for “math people”

This is such a fun show with great production values. I was one of those people who always said, “I’m not a math person”. But when the hosts talk math, I really do enjoy it. I wish I had teachers like them.

Levi Coren ,

Winning formula

I’ve never been much of a math guy, but I like learning about the natural and scientific world, and math is an integral part of that. My experience with math as entertainment is that many creators struggle to find a balance between in-depth, interesting discussions and a beginner-friendly level of discourse. These guys have it. Part of it is their expert knowledge, part of it is their clear love of the subject, and the most essential aspect of their achievement is a wide breadth of teaching experience, including elementary-age instruction. It’s an impressive success, but mostly it’s just great to listen to.

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