I’ve previously written about Fermat’s Little Theorem, but today it’s time for his (perhaps more famous) Last Theorem. Today’s blog post comes in audio form, with help from Melvyn Bragg, Marcus du Sautoy and Samir Siksek.
Quick advance warning of a couple of forthcoming maths programmes on BBC Radio 4.
One is In Our Time, discussing imaginary numbers. I’ve written about In Our Time before; I’ll listen out for this programme. It should be available to download as a podcast after it is broadcast tomorrow.
Quite a detailed discussion of voting systems and Arrow’s theorem on More or Less on Radio 4 last week. It looks as though the programme will be available to listen to on the website for a while, so it’s probably worth my giving a link.
I see that the BBC programme Horizon this week was about infinity. David Spiegelhalter has some more information about his contribution to the programme on his Understanding Uncertainty site. I hope to watch the programme in the next few days. [Update: I have now watched the programme and was, to put it mildly, extremely unimpressed.]
As I’ve mentioned before, I often like the way the BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time tackles mathematics, so I’m looking forward to listening to this week’s programme on the unexpected consequences of mathematics.
Finally, I see that Radio 4’s big project “A history of the world in 100 objects” this week includes a mathematical papyrus. Another one on my list to listen to.
One of my favourite places for finding good mathematics in the media is In Our Time on Radio 4, a programme hosted by Melvin Bragg. Each week, he picks a topic (from a very wide range of subjects) and discusses it with experts for forty-five minutes. Properly. Without avoiding the difficult bits, even when it’s maths. Which I really like. On the 24th September, he discussed the famous dispute between Newton and Leibniz about who came up with calculus first. You can still listen to the programme online. Not a huge amount of maths in this one, but jolly interesting nonetheless. (You can probably listen to the other mathematical programmes in the archives too.)