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My Favorite Theorem

Kevin Knudson & Evelyn Lamb

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My Favorite Theorem

My Favorite Theorem

Kevin Knudson & Evelyn Lamb

16
Followers
29
Plays
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Join us as we spend each episode talking with a mathematical professional about their favorite result. And since the best things in life come in pairs, find out what our guest thinks pairs best with their theorem.

Latest Episodes

Episode 56 - Belin Tsinnajinnie

Voting theory is on everyone's mind these days. Belin Tsinnajinnie joins us to talk about Arrow's Impossibility Theorem which asserts that the only voting system that conforms to some reasonable rules is a dictatorship by one person. Also tacos.

35 MIN4 d ago
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Episode 56 - Belin Tsinnajinnie

Episode 55 - Rebecca Garcia

One of those first weird facts you learn in real analysis is that the rational numbers are dense in the reals. And then you learn later that they're measure zero. Our guest, Rebecca Garcia, says this still kind of blows her mind.

24 MINJUN 11
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Episode 55 - Rebecca Garcia

Episode 54 - Steve Strogatz

Steve Strogatz is famous for his work in dynamical systems, but his favorite theorem is due to Cauchy. A classic of complex analysis, it asserts that the integral of an analytic function around a closed contour is zero; one of the cleanest results in mathematics. Also, cubism.

32 MINMAY 14
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Episode 54 - Steve Strogatz

Episode 53 - Ruthi Hortsch

Ruthi Hortsch has a very cool job working with middle school math students, but she's also a number theorist who really likes Faltings's Theorem. Also bagels.

28 MINAPR 9
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Episode 53 - Ruthi Hortsch

Episode 52 - Ben Orlin

Ben Orlin is famous for his bad drawings. In this episode he tells us about Weierstrass's ultimate bad drawing--a continuous function that is nowhere differentiable.

27 MINMAR 13
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Episode 52 - Ben Orlin

Episode 51 - Carina Curto

Mathematician Carina Curto really likes the Perron-Frobenius Theorem. Listen to find out why this simple-sounding result is so important and useful.

29 MINFEB 13
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Episode 51 - Carina Curto

Episode 50 - aBa

aBa took a circuitous path to becoming a math professor. His favorite theorem is a number theory fact he figured out on the bus one day and it changed the course of his life.

35 MINJAN 9
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Episode 50 - aBa

Episode 49 - Edmund Harriss

Mathematician and artist Edmund Harriss thinks about geometry. A lot. And that means considering the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem and how it manifests in the real world.

31 MIN2019 DEC 12
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Episode 49 - Edmund Harriss

Episode 48 - Sophie Carr

Bayes's Theorem: love it or hate it you can't deny that it's a useful tool in probability. Join this year's most interesting mathematician Sophie Carr to find out why she loves this theorem so much.

23 MIN2019 NOV 14
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Episode 48 - Sophie Carr

Episode 47 - Judy Walker

Judy Walker loves coding theory and tells us all about her favorite ones in this episode. Elliptic curves FTW!

31 MIN2019 OCT 10
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Episode 47 - Judy Walker

Latest Episodes

Episode 56 - Belin Tsinnajinnie

Voting theory is on everyone's mind these days. Belin Tsinnajinnie joins us to talk about Arrow's Impossibility Theorem which asserts that the only voting system that conforms to some reasonable rules is a dictatorship by one person. Also tacos.

35 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Episode 56 - Belin Tsinnajinnie

Episode 55 - Rebecca Garcia

One of those first weird facts you learn in real analysis is that the rational numbers are dense in the reals. And then you learn later that they're measure zero. Our guest, Rebecca Garcia, says this still kind of blows her mind.

24 MINJUN 11
Comments
Episode 55 - Rebecca Garcia

Episode 54 - Steve Strogatz

Steve Strogatz is famous for his work in dynamical systems, but his favorite theorem is due to Cauchy. A classic of complex analysis, it asserts that the integral of an analytic function around a closed contour is zero; one of the cleanest results in mathematics. Also, cubism.

32 MINMAY 14
Comments
Episode 54 - Steve Strogatz

Episode 53 - Ruthi Hortsch

Ruthi Hortsch has a very cool job working with middle school math students, but she's also a number theorist who really likes Faltings's Theorem. Also bagels.

28 MINAPR 9
Comments
Episode 53 - Ruthi Hortsch

Episode 52 - Ben Orlin

Ben Orlin is famous for his bad drawings. In this episode he tells us about Weierstrass's ultimate bad drawing--a continuous function that is nowhere differentiable.

27 MINMAR 13
Comments
Episode 52 - Ben Orlin

Episode 51 - Carina Curto

Mathematician Carina Curto really likes the Perron-Frobenius Theorem. Listen to find out why this simple-sounding result is so important and useful.

29 MINFEB 13
Comments
Episode 51 - Carina Curto

Episode 50 - aBa

aBa took a circuitous path to becoming a math professor. His favorite theorem is a number theory fact he figured out on the bus one day and it changed the course of his life.

35 MINJAN 9
Comments
Episode 50 - aBa

Episode 49 - Edmund Harriss

Mathematician and artist Edmund Harriss thinks about geometry. A lot. And that means considering the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem and how it manifests in the real world.

31 MIN2019 DEC 12
Comments
Episode 49 - Edmund Harriss

Episode 48 - Sophie Carr

Bayes's Theorem: love it or hate it you can't deny that it's a useful tool in probability. Join this year's most interesting mathematician Sophie Carr to find out why she loves this theorem so much.

23 MIN2019 NOV 14
Comments
Episode 48 - Sophie Carr

Episode 47 - Judy Walker

Judy Walker loves coding theory and tells us all about her favorite ones in this episode. Elliptic curves FTW!

31 MIN2019 OCT 10
Comments
Episode 47 - Judy Walker
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