Archive for the ‘Maths in the media’ Category

Theorem 42: Fermat’s Last Theorem

October 25, 2012

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.


More maths on Radio 4

September 22, 2010

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.

The other is a repeat of Marcus du Sautoy’s A Brief History of Mathematics, a series of short programmes about various key characters in mathematics.


A Brief History of Mathematics

June 10, 2010

I see that Marcus du Sautoy will be presenting some short programmes on a Brief History of Mathematics on BBC Radio 4 next week.  Might be  worth listening to.

Arrow’s theorem on the radio

May 27, 2010

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.

Radio and television programmes

February 12, 2010

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.

Radio programme

October 3, 2009

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.)