Episode 14! Infinity And Beyond
Jul23

Episode 14! Infinity And Beyond

http://media.blubrry.com/mathforprimates/p/www.mathforprimates.com/wp-content/podcasts/013--INFINITY-AND-BEYOND.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:08 — 57.9MB) Yes, we flat out skipped episode 12.  Why, because mathematicians can’t count … In this episode: Zeno’s beach bungalow and why he can’t come out to play Do train tracks actually touch at infinity?  How do YOU know? Have you been there? Watch out for the Hordes!! Welcome to the Hilbert Hotel … you can check in any time you like, blah, blah, blah … What do you do with an infinite number of mathematicians? Run! Explaining jokes at the Unit Interval, a great neighborhood bar. Is one type of infinity BIGGER than another kind? Counting ALL the Real Numbers, “… 2, ah ah … 3, ah ah … pi, ah ah!” The Power Set:  the enemy of the X-Men. Fractals, Hippies, and gettin’ trippy Is Nick a quantum human? It’s taken a while to get this episode up.  Our original plan of having a weekly or bi-weekly schedule was more than ambitious than we’d expected. But, never fear, we haven’t stopped – only slowed down to make room for those pesky things in life like work, school, and...

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Episode 011: Learning How To Count – Let My Primates Go!
Apr06

Episode 011: Learning How To Count – Let My Primates Go!

http://media.blubrry.com/mathforprimates/p/www.mathforprimates.com/wp-content/podcasts/011--LEARNING-HOW-TO-COUNT.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 43:38 — 49.9MB) EDIT:  I want to make clear that the episode below includes some new musical interludes that are in the “rough draft” stage.  I put it up because I’d love to hear comments from you, our audience, on what you felt worked and didn’t work.  Our goal is to add in some extra “stylings”, but we don’t want these to drown out the content. Please feel free to comment in the comments section about what you think worked and what you think didn’t.  Your opinions will help to make this an even better show! In This Episode: All about Combinatorics – the Mathematicians fancy way of “counting”. The magical musical and production styling’s of Keith Schreiner make Tom and Nick seem “almost” respectable. Tom invents the natural numbers in under 3 minutes. 5 primates are standing in a line … can you come up with a punch line? Is the factorial [5! = 5x4x3x2x1] just a way for mathematicians to justify yelling? How many ways can you cage 2 primates out of 5?  And is this illegal? The importance of watching Stargate SG1. Why is your genome smarter than your computer? If you went far enough on a space ship, would your toothpaste taste like rye bread? Apparently Nick ‘Horton’ has an alter-eg0, Nick ‘Lion’.  It does sound more manly. This program was produced by Keith Schreiner who’s other work you can find...

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Episode 010: The Most Ornery Pi Day Podcast … Ever!
Mar13

Episode 010: The Most Ornery Pi Day Podcast … Ever!

http://media.blubrry.com/mathforprimates/p/www.mathforprimates.com/wp-content/podcasts/010--PI-DAY.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 24:10 — 22.1MB) In this podcast: Tom and Nick are not as happy with Pi Day as you’d expect. Why do Hippies like Pi so much? Where does pi come from, and why do we care? Is mounting a Ferris Wheel on a Flat-Bed Truck a good idea? How many digits of pi can YOU recite?  I’ll bet not 69,000! Nick and Tom give you back 23 hours and 40 minutes of your life … ish. Bonus Pi Recipes Continued fraction recipe for pie at Math World Recipe for Boysenberry Pie: Click here for the recipe from Simply...

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Episode 009 – Partial Orderings: What’s Wrong with the Olympics?
Mar05

Episode 009 – Partial Orderings: What’s Wrong with the Olympics?

http://media.blubrry.com/mathforprimates/p/mathforprimates.com/wp-content/podcasts/009--PARTIAL-ORDER.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:27 — 27.0MB) in this Podcast: What’s wrong with the “medal count” ordering in the Olympics? Is it really all that surprising that Canada is good at Curling? quasi ordering vs partial ordering vs total ordering – who cares? Nick, leave the carrots out of this! Dealing with our Daddy issues with an ancestor semi-lattice Are you your own ancestor? For that matter, is a sandwich equal to 5 dollars? Discovering the quasi-order of...

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Episode 008 – Topology Primer: Geometry on Acid

http://media.blubrry.com/mathforprimates/p/www.mathforprimates.com/wp-content/podcasts/008--TOPOLOGY.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:37 — 18.9MB) In this podcast: Geometry on Acid: The category of Topological spaces and continuous maps. Tom has a silly putty reason for everything. The continuity of film. Did Xeno predict calculus? Ms. PacMan also loves donuts. Here’s a video of a coffee cup continuously deforming into a donut.  Mmm …...

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Episode 007 – Cooperative Game Theory: How to Buy A Monkey
Feb19

Episode 007 – Cooperative Game Theory: How to Buy A Monkey

http://media.blubrry.com/mathforprimates/p/www.mathforprimates.com/wp-content/podcasts/007--COOPERATIVE-GAMES.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:54 — 24.6MB) In this Podcast: Cooperative vs. Non-cooperative games OR Combinatorial vs. Procedural Games Does Curious George belong on the show “Shark Tank”? The most hardcore competitive market ever devised How rapacious can Tom get? Is Nick totally...

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