Simply Maths

Discussion, ideas and reviews, mainly about mathematics

Mathematics on BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4 Mathematics Collection I was pleased to discover recently that, as part of its initiative to make its archives more widely available, BBC Radio 4 had brought many … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Engines of Our Ingenuity

Mathematics on the radio seems to be dominated by the BBC. Recently I went on a deliberate search for other sources of mathematics broadcasting and podcasts. Engines of Our Ingenuity is … Continue reading

July 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

More or Less

One of my favourite radio programmes is the BBC’s More or Less, which focuses on the use and misuse of statistics in the media and is not afraid to explore … Continue reading

June 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

Brian Cox: A Scientist in the Media

I’m at Manchester University for a public lecture by Brian Cox on his role as a scientist in the media. A large audience, mainly composed of Manchester University alumni occupies … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Murderous Maths of Everything

Where once there was nothing but Mathematics for the Million (Lancelot Hogben, 1936) there are today at least a dozen well-written popular mathematics books for adults published every year. But … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

A pebble used for counting

As I was describing how logic uses propositional calculus and predicate calculus one of my students asked me what the word calculus means. The word is quite widely used in … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Michael Faraday: An Extraordinary Willpower?

Everybody knows that Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction, but Professor Frank James of the Royal Institution has found that Faraday’s interests were far wider, and far more interconnected than was previously … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 1 Comment