The Numberphile Podcast

The Numberphile Podcast Podcast

Interviews with people who love numbers and mathematics. Hosted by Brady Haran, maker of the Numberphile series on YouTube.

Quiz Shows and Math Anxiety - with Bobby Seagull
School teacher Bobby Seagull is well-known for appearing on a quiz show - but there's much more to his story. Episode sponsored by Brilliant - brilliant.org/numberphile Bobby Seagull's website Bobby on Twitter Bobby's book The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers National Numeracy West Ham Utd Watch Bobby on University Challenge Support Numberphile on Patreon With thanks to MSRI...

Nursery Rhymes and Numbers - with Alan Stewart
Nursery Rhymes and Numbers - with Alan Stewart A team of composers and musicians have joined forces to re-imagine classic nursery rhymes with new counts, timings and tempos. It's dubbed Tuplets for Toddlers, and has been led Numberphile's resident composer Alan Stewart. Check out the album on Amazon On iTunes Spotify And on Bandcamp An old interview with Alan can be found here A couple of Brady's favourite videos scored by Alan include this one from Mt Everest and this one from Chile - but there are countle...

The Importance of Numbers - with Tim Harford
Economist Tim Harford on the importance of numbers and statistics. Tim Harford's website has links to most of his projects Tim's book How to Make the World Add Up - signed copies on Maths Gear Tim Harford books on Amazon Tim's video on Numberphile Support Numberphile on Patreon With thanks to MSRI...


Why Did The Mathematician Cross The Road? - with Roger Penrose
Sir Roger Penrose is one of the biggest names in mathematics AND physics. Here he talks about sibling rivalry, Stephen Hawking, having ideas, and toilet paper. Roger Penrose Wikipedia Roger Penrose books - Amazon The Order of Merit The Theory of Everything - 2014 movie about Stephen Hawking Penrose Tiling Penrose Toilet Paper The San Francisco Transit Center with its Penrose Tiling With thanks to MSRI Support us on Patreon...

The Third Cornet - with Katie Steckles
Dr Katie Steckles is a mainstay of the mathematics communications scene and a regular in our videos. Here she discusses her life at school, university, and now as a freelance maths communicator. Plus life as a pirate. Katie Steckles website Follow Katie on Twitter Talking Maths in Public Check out Katie's videos on Numberphile Support this podcast - and our videos - via Patreon With thanks to MSRI Apologies for the change in audio quality part way through - we had technical issues!...

The Mathematical Showman - Ron Graham (1935-2020)
Tributes to mathematician Ronald Graham - a man of many talents. Our guests include Steve Butler, Tom Leighton, and Joe Buhler Ron Graham 'fan' webpage Ron Graham papers Ron Graham on Numberphile A collection of Numberphile videos about Graham's Number Tom Leighton written tribute to Ron Steve Butler tribute to Ron...


The Numeracy Ambassador - with Simon Pampena
Speaking with Simon Pampena, Australia's National Numeracy Ambassador who once dreamed of being a Jedi. Simon Pampena website Videos with Simon on Numberphile Epic Circles and The Legend of Question Six Simon on Twitter Beyond 2000 The Malls' Balls are also discussed in our Quiz Episode with Matt Parker With thanks to MSRI Support us on Patreon - we appreciate your help The Patron Wall of Fame You can also catch this episode on the Numberphile2 YouTube channel...

The Happy Twin - with Ben Sparks
Our guest is Ben Sparks - teacher, math populariser, and Numberphile regular. Ben Sparks website Videos with Ben on Numberphile Video of Tim Sparks performing Your Own Idea - Nikko Fir and here's Tim's website A pic of Ben and Tim The Bill Clinton picture Ben's Mandelbrot Video on Numberphile Advanced Mathematics Support Programme Talking Maths in Public With thanks to MSRI Support us on Patreon - we appreciate your help The Patron Wall of Fame...

The Parker Quiz - with Matt Parker
Matt Parker takes a quiz prepared by Brady. The YouTube version of this quiz contains a few visuals. Do you like quizzes and puzzles and interactive courses? Then definitely check out episode sponsor Brilliant - and go to brilliant.org/numberphile for 20% off a premium subscription Many of the links below contain QUIZ SPOILERS. Matt Parker is standupmaths - his website has links to most stuff Matt's books on Amazon Matt's first appearance on this podcast Matt's videos on Numberphile Terry Tao on Numberphile...


The Accidental Streamer - with 3blue1brown
Grant Sanderson from 3blue1brown returns to the podcast to talk about live-streaming lessons, tracing coronavirus, and a technical mishap. Support this podcast and Numberphile on Patreon Grant's channel - 3blue1brown Grant's first live lesson Exponential Growth - 3 blue1brown Simulating an epidemic - 3blue1brown The Coronavirus Curve with Ben Sparks - Numberphile Itempool Matt Parker Ben Eater Nicky Case Tweet The Accidental Stream Grant's eye video on Objectivity Objectivity channel...

The Legendary John Conway (1937-2020)
We pay tribute to John Horton Conway - with clips from the man himself, plus contributions from Siobhan Roberts, David Eisenbud, Colm Mulcahy and Tony Padilla. Genius at Play by Siobhan Roberts John Conway Numberphile Playlist Does John Conway hate his Game of Life? Inventing Game of Life Life, Death and the Monster Look-and-Say Numbers Monster Group Siobhan Roberts David Eisenbud Colm Mulcahy Tony Padilla...

Crystal Balls and Coronavirus - with Hannah Fry
Dr Hannah Fry made a film two years ago which predicted the coronavirus pandemic with chilling accuracy. Dr Hannah Fry's website - links to all her stuff The BBC Contagion special on iPlayer If it doesn't work on iPlayer, this is a version I found on YouTube!? Numberphile video about the SIR curve with Ben Sparks Numberphile discusses coronavirus mathematics with Kit Yates False Positives on Numberphile with Lisa Goldberg PAPER: Contacts in context: large-scale setting-specific social mixing matrices from t...


Gondor Calls For Aid - with Kit Yates
Mathematical biologist Kit Yates discussing the coronavirus pandemic. Kit Yates website Kit on Twitter The Royal Society's call to arms for mathematicians NHS advice on Coronavirus and COVID-19 Ben Sparks on Numberphile - The Coronavirus Curve 3blue1brown on the exponential growth of epidemics Simulating an epidemic with 3blue1brown Tom Crawford on the SIR Model Kurzgesagt on COVID-19 Extended presentation by Nick Jewell for MSRI With thanks to MSRI Support our content via Patreon...

Champaign Mathematician - with Holly Krieger
From Illinois to Cambridgeshire, Holly Krieger’s path to mathematics was an unusual one. Holly’s webpage And her publications Watch Holly on Numberphile Math or Maths? Champaign, Illinois With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound...

Coffin Problems - with Edward Frenkel
Edward Frenkel's fascinating mathematical journey - from the Soviet Union to the United States. Edward's website Love and Math - Edward's book via Amazon Edward on Twitter His videos on Numberphile Artificial Intelligence: First Person Perspective Coffin Problems paper (aka Jewish Problems) Rites of Love and Math - the film About the film and its Formula of Love Frenkel research papers With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound...


The Badly Behaved Prime - with James Maynard
James Maynard is making waves in the world of prime numbers - we spoke to him in his office at Oxford University. James is appointed a professor And wins the Cole Prize James discusses the Twin Prime Conjecture - Numberphile video Small Gaps Between Primes - paper Large Gaps Between Primes - paper Large Gaps Between Primes - Numberphile video James on his love of primes - Numberphile video James Maynard playlist Prime Number playlist Numberphile on Patreon With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound...

Fame and Admiration - with Timothy Gowers
Fame and Admiration - with Timothy Gowers Fields Medallist Sir Timothy Gowers discusses his career - and the role of ‘begrudging admiration’ in mathematics. Sir Timothy Gowers webpage at Cambridge Timothy Gowers blog And his Twitter The Fields Medal Terminator 2 The unconditional basic sequence problem Szemerédi's theorem Tim Gowers International Math Olympiad results The Fields Medal with Cédric Villani - Numberphile With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound...

The Number Collector - with Neil Sloane
We speak with Neil Sloane - creator and keeper of the famed ‘On-line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences’. OEIS Sequences we featured from the OEIS included Fibonacci Numbers, A068679, Bell or exponential numbers, A000435 - The Genesis Sequence, Euler totient function, King Louis births, Recaman's sequence, Gijswijt's sequence, and Brady Numbers. Videos featuring Neil on Numberphile Neil Sloane homepage Traralgon and Brady’s podcast with Tim from Traralgon 1956 Melbourne Olympics Neil’s works on Amazon Neil’s...


The C-Word - talking Calculus with Steven Strogatz
We record at the Royal Society in London, with Isaac Newton's original calculus papers. Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz Steve's author page on Amazon Some bonus video footage we filmed at the Royal Society Hannah Fry with the same documents on Objectivity And the Principia on Objectivity The Royal Society With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound...

The Singing Banana - with James Grime
From a difficult school to serving two terms as president of the juggling club - James Grime discusses his mathematical journey. James Grime website - includes a section to book his talks A selection of James’ videos on Numberphile James’ own channel - Singing Banana James discusses The Little Professor The first proper Numberphile video from 2011 Filming at a gritty, urban underpass Status: Black Eagle James talks about Enigma Brady’s Bibledex With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound...

The Offensive Lineman - with John Urschel
John Urschel is studying for a PhD in mathematics - and played three seasons of professional football in the NFL. Mind and Matter - by John Urschel and Louisa Thomas - on Amazon Book on the publisher's website John's math publications John's NFL stats With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound Numberphile merchandise...


A Proof in the Drawer - with David Eisenbud
David Eisenbud's entertaining stories about mathematics are a fascinating glimpse into how math works - how it really works. MSRI - where David is director David Eisenbud's MSRI page with some links to publications and other material Google Scholar citations Videos with David on Numberphile The 17-gon video David's math genealogy With thanks to Meyer Sound...

Parker Square - with Matt Parker
Standup mathematician Matt Parker opens his heart to reveal... a standup comedian who loves mathematics. This is the link for 'Humble Pi' - signed first-edition hardback Matt Parker videos on Numberphile Matt's website The notorious Parker Square video Parker Square T-Shirts via Numberphile on Teespring The Malls Balls With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound You can support Numberphile on Patreon A note: Humble Pi will be released at different times in different countries, but you can get your signed copy ASAP pret...

The Math Storyteller - with Simon Singh
Author and campaigner Simon Singh talks about his fascinating career, a famous legal case, and his attempts to change the way mathematics is taught in UK schools. Simon Singh's website - links to all sorts of stuff Watch Simon's videos on Numberphile parallel - as discussed on the show Simon's books on Amazon Quest for a new £50 note Brady's video with suggestion for the £50 British Chiropractic Association v Singh - via Wikipedia With thanks to: MSRI and episode sponsor Meyer Sound Brady’s other podcasts… ...


The Klein Bottle Guy - with Cliff Stoll
Computer hackers, Klein bottles and searching for a lost teacher - Cliff Stoll is a man with stories to tell. Cliff's Klein bottle website The man with 1000 Klein bottles under this house Cliff Stoll videos on Numberphile The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll Silicon Snake Oil by Cliff Stoll Boing Boing article about Cliff's predictions With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound Also check out Numberphile on Patreon Numberphile T-Shirts and stuff...

Delicious Problems - with Hannah Fry
Math celebrity Hannah Fry tells us about her life as public intellectual and thought leader - plus her as-yet unreleased novel 'Free as a Bird', written as a schoolgirl. Hannah's website - including links to her papers Numberphile videos featuring Hannah Fry Hannah Fry books on Amazon US Hannah Fry books on Amazon UK Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry Thanks to BBC 6 Music for the clip from Shaun Keaveny's show With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound...

Fermat’s Last Theorem - with Ken Ribet
Ken Ribet is the president of the American Mathematical Society. He played a key role in the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. Ken Ribet’s home page The AMS Ken’s famous paper The Wiles Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Numberphile video with Ken about his work Ken’s 87 hair cuts Simon Singh discusses Fermat’s Last Theorem in a Numberphile video With thanks to MSRI Meyer Sound...


The Hope Diamond - with 3blue1brown
Grant Sanderson makes incredibly popular math videos - but his views on math education may surprise you. 3blue1brown on YouTube Grant's 'Hope Diamond' Eye The actual Hope Diamond With thanks to... MSRI Meyer Sound Podcast by Brady Haran...