11 episodes

Behind every line on a graph, there lies an extraordinary human story. Mathematician Hannah Fry is here to tell us ten of them.

Uncharted with Hannah Fry will lead us through ten captivating mysteries to reveal the power of numbers behind each one. Along the way we discover the remarkable people who followed the data and unearthed something extraordinary.

Uncharted with Hannah Fry BBC Radio 4

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 51 Ratings

Behind every line on a graph, there lies an extraordinary human story. Mathematician Hannah Fry is here to tell us ten of them.

Uncharted with Hannah Fry will lead us through ten captivating mysteries to reveal the power of numbers behind each one. Along the way we discover the remarkable people who followed the data and unearthed something extraordinary.

    10. Devil in the Detail

    10. Devil in the Detail

    Thomas Herndon was happily studying economics at the University of Massachusetts, when one day is punctured by a discovery. It appears to be an anomaly which, if true, will shake the intellectual foundations of a global movement, and could undermine politicians around the world.
    Hannah Fry tells the extraordinary story of a student who will go head to head with two of the greatest economic minds in modern times. But can he win?
    Presenter: Hannah Fry
    Executive Producer: Martin Smith
    Series Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    Episode Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    A series for Radio 4 by BBC Science in Cardiff.

    • 14 min
    9. Access Denied

    9. Access Denied

    A young researcher gains access to a secretive data set and discovers something shocking.
    What happens when a system designed to help people harms them instead?
    Hannah Fry tells a tale about the mysterious realm of artificial intelligence.
    Presenter: Hannah Fry
    Executive Producer: Martin Smith
    Series Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    Episode Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    Sound Design: Clem Hitchcock
    A series for Radio 4 by BBC Science in Cardiff.

    • 14 min
    8. In the Habit

    8. In the Habit

    What is the secret to ageing well?
    Humankind has been in search of an answer for millions of years. But one man believes he may have found the beginnings of an answer, and it’s hiding in a convent.
    Hannah Fry tells a tale of a single scatter graph which might reveal the key to longevity.
    Presenter: Hannah Fry
    Executive Producer: Martin Smith
    Series Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    Episode Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    A series for Radio 4 by BBC Science in Cardiff.

    • 14 min
    7. The Gossip Mill

    7. The Gossip Mill

    2008, Hungary: a researcher stands on a factory floor quizzing a bemused employee. The tile manufacturing company is in trouble, and the researcher is there to help. But his questions seem silly: Who do you go to for advice? Who do you chat to?
    What use is the science of networks to a company producing floor tiles?
    Hannah Fry tells a tale about the precarious power of networks.
    Presenter: Hannah Fry
    Executive Producer: Martin Smith
    Series Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    Episode Producer: Ilan Goodman
    A series for Radio 4 by BBC Science in Cardiff.

    • 13 min
    6. The Happiness Curve

    6. The Happiness Curve

    Life has its ups and downs, its sudden successes and unexpected obstacles. But amongst all the unpredictable variation, two economists believe they have identified a deep and powerful influence on our happiness: age. Happiness, it turns out, is U shaped.
    Hannah Fry tells a tale of orangutans, joy and misery…and joy!
    Presenter: Hannah Fry
    Executive Producer: Martin Smith
    Series Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    Episode Producer: Ilan Goodman
    A series for Radio 4 by BBC Science in Cardiff.

    • 13 min
    5. The Choice

    5. The Choice

    How well do you make decisions?
    It’s never easy, but today John Carter is faced with an agonising choice and has just 60 minutes to make the right call. One path could lead to glory, while the other might result in death.
    Hannah Fry tells a tale of risk, decision making, and the single graph that changed it all.
    Presenter: Hannah Fry
    Executive Producer: Martin Smith
    Series Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    Episode Producer: Lauren Armstrong-Carter
    A series for Radio 4 by BBC Science in Cardiff.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Calixar ,

Watch for cognitive cognitive bias

I love Hannah Fry and am very much looking forward to more of this podcast. That said, I go in aware that she is subject to a few logical fallacies, such as the false dichotomy. In the introductory episode she mentions that the original observation that, after wars, we tend to see a spike in male birth, was chalked up to God helping restore the ideal ratio of males to females. She then dismisses this notion because, well, there’s a scientific explanation. The idea that a god might be the creator of science never occurs to her. God=not science Science=not god In fact, there are a fairly sizable number of religious people who believe in science. My uncle, David A Johnson, professor of Genetics, Cellular & Molecular Biology, and Experimental Genetics at Concordia College, William Jewel College, Emory University, Seinan Gakuin University, and Samford University, where he also held the Chair of the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences before retiring, was also an ordained minister and spent 25 years in Japan (while teaching evolutionary biology at Seinan Gakuin) as a Christian missionary. The superfluous opinion bits about religion are unnecessary. Just report the science and leave off speculation on topics you don’t know. Perhaps a god built this feature into the human reproductive system.

Karuna Star ,

Uncharted

I absolutely adore Hannah Frye & her work! Sure some of the points get repeated rather often, but she’s a teacher so I understand why she does it. When is the next session coming out??!!

etherdog ,

Not the best effort

Obviously someone else wrote this, and it is pretty bad. Rutherford and Frye is much.

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

iHeartPodcasts
Nick Viall
This American Life
Vox Media Podcast Network
Glennon Doyle and Audacy
KQED

You Might Also Like

BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
No Such Thing As A Fish
BBC Radio 4