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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Spring Break and Game Theory Books
Mar31

Spring Break and Game Theory Books

Well if you haven’t noticed, we haven’t uploaded a new episode in while.  Never fear, we haven’t fallen off of a cliff or anything (at least not physically).   We both hit our spring breaks and went into a deep couch-coma. We’ve got a new episode recorded, that I’ll have edited and up on the site by tomorrow at the latest. To tide you over I’ve compiled a list of Game Theory books that we love.  we’ve been getting a surprisingly large number of emails asking if Tom and I can recommend any great books on the subject.  Well, hell yes we can! I’m gonna put them into a couple of categories. Popular Books on Game Theory OK, I’m going to be totally honest here.  I don’t usually like popular game theory books.  They come off as silly (often).  I know how that must sound coming from me of all people, but hey, that’s just the way it is. However I DO like a lot of books that are implicitly game theoretic.  That is, they use game theoretic thinking without being all that clear about the fact that they are using the types of reasoning that is inherit to the subject. Here we go: The Armchair Economist by Steven Landsburg is just funny.  In fact, Landsburg is himself a game theorist and a rather accomplished one at that.  But, this book is all about everyday life and how economic reasoning (read: game theoretic reasoning) can help make sense of some of the big (well, small) questions we all have about day to day existence. Landsburg went at it again with this book on more of the same subjects as his last. Academic (ish) Books on Game Theory My favorite is this one: by Herbert Gintis.  It’s mostly just a huge collection of problems.  The only math you need is high school algebra for many of the problems, but having some calculus and linear algebra wouldn’t hurt. by Philip Straffin.  This book is very introductory and has very little “math”.  It’s small and easy to read.  It’s the first game theory book I read, and it still holds up as a undergrad level intro. Anatol Rapoport has made massive contributions to game theory in Political Science.  This book is a small intro book with a bit more math that Straffin’s book.  I found it helpful in my first term. Maynard-Smith changed the face of evolutionary research by introducing the field to game theory.  This is book that did it.  It also serves as a great intro to people who aren’t as mathy. Cool Books you Might Also Dig Below are a...

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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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