Inspired by Math!
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Richard Rusczyk  Inspired by Math #39
Richard Rusczyk  Inspired by Math #39
Sol Lederman
Richard Rusczyk is the founder of the Art of Problem Solving, the premier community for highperforming middle and high school math students in the Englishspeaking world. I've always been intrigued with the world of math competitions and with what it...
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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 0400
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Sue VanHattum  Inspired by Math #38
Sue VanHattum  Inspired by Math #38
Sol Lederman
Sue VanHattum is very excited about creative ways to look at math. She has compiled and written a number of the chapters in a new book, Playing With Math, which is being produced in a community supported publishing (i.e. crowd funding) model. Listen to...
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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 0400
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Lou DiGioia  Inspired by Math #37
Lou DiGioia  Inspired by Math #37
Sol Lederman
Lou DiGioia is the executive director of MATHCOUNTS, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to extracurricular middle school mathematics. Lou and I discuss a number of MATHCOUNTS programs, including the recent National Competition, the National...
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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 0400
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Al Cuoco  Inspired by Math #36
Al Cuoco  Inspired by Math #36
Sol Lederman
Al Cuoco has taught high school students, trained teachers, and developed curriculum that is really making a difference in math education. He and Joseph Rotman have published a book with the MAA, "Learning Modern Algebra From Early Attempts to Prove...
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Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:00:00 0400
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David Reimer  Inspired by Math #35
David Reimer  Inspired by Math #35
Sol Lederman
David Reimer, author of "Count Like an Egyptian" and I discuss Egyptian computation methods, how kids can learn to do multiplication and division without shedding a tear or memorizing tables, how computers and Egyptians both use the same approach to...
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Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:00:00 0400
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Tim Chartier  Inspired by Math #34
Tim Chartier  Inspired by Math #34
Sol Lederman
Tim Chartier is a math professor, a mime, and the author of the Princeton University Press book "Math Bytes: Google Bombs, ChocolateCovered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing." Tim and I talk about his performing career, how he became a...
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Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:00:00 0400
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Chuck Adler  Inspired by Math #33
Chuck Adler  Inspired by Math #33
Sol Lederman
Chuck Adler is a physics professor and the author of "Wizards, Aliens and Starships," published by Princeton University Press. Chuck and I have a great time talking about lots of implausible science, some plausible science, physics education, Star Trek,...
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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 0500
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Colm Mulcahy  Inspired by Math #32
Colm Mulcahy  Inspired by Math #32
Sol Lederman
Colm Mulcahy is a mathematician and mathemagician. He recently published a book: Mathematical Card Magic: FiftyTwo New Effects. Colm was, like many of us, greatly inspired by Martin Gardner and he knew Martin for the last decade of his life and visited...
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Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:00:00 0400
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Kiki Prottsman  Inspired by Math #31
Kiki Prottsman  Inspired by Math #31
Sol Lederman
Kiki Prottsman is on a mission to get girls (and everyone) interested in computer science. Kiki and I talk about responsible computing, her nonprofit Thinkersmith, her background in studying and teaching computer science, various of her other...
http://www.buzzsprout.com/5316/102723kikiprottsmaninspiredbymath31.mp3
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:00:00 0400
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Michelle Montgomery & Katie Fowler  Inspired by Math #30
Michelle Montgomery & Katie Fowler  Inspired by Math #30
Sol Lederman
Michelle and Katie are both intimately involved in creating the yearly Moody's Mega Math Challenge together with SIAM, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The three of us chat about the contest, the inspiration behind it, what's involved...
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Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 0400
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Ken Fan  Inspired by Math #29
Ken Fan  Inspired by Math #29
Sol Lederman
Ken Fan is a PhD mathematician who became very interested in improving math education. He founded an organization, Girls' Angle, to improve the relationship of girls to mathematics. Ken and I discuss a number of topics of interest to both of us in a bit...
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Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 0400
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Lance Fortnow  Inspired by Math #28
Lance Fortnow  Inspired by Math #28
Sol Lederman
Lance Fortnow wrote a great book about the P/NP problem for a general audience. We discuss the problem, its importance, its interest to Lance, how difficult it is to solve, what some of the difficult problems are, and a bunch more.
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Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 0400
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Gili Rusak & Mary O'Keeffe  Inspired by Math #27
Gili Rusak & Mary O'Keeffe  Inspired by Math #27
Sol Lederman
Gili is a 10th grader who is an inspired math communitybuilder in the Albany Area Math Circle together with Mary, who founded the circle in 2001. The two of them are making a big difference in how kids learn, love, and share math. We talk about math...
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Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:00:00 0400
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Leila Schneps & Coralie Colmez  Inspired by Math #26
Leila Schneps & Coralie Colmez  Inspired by Math #26
Sol Lederman
I interview the motherdaughter team who authored "Math on Trial: How Numbers Get Used and Abused in the Courtroom." We talk about inspiration for writing the book, flaws in mathematical thinking, how justice is derailed by bad math in the courtroom, a...
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Sun, 24 Mar 2013 00:00:00 0400
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Matthew Watkins  Inspired by Math #25
Matthew Watkins  Inspired by Math #25
Sol Lederman
Matthew Watkins authored the "Secrets of Creation" trilogy, with illustrator Matt Tweed. The trilogy is amazing. It goes very deep into some very fundamental areas of mathematics. Matthew and I talk about his background, about the trilogy, about his...
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Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Maria Droujkova  Inspired by Math #24
Maria Droujkova  Inspired by Math #24
Sol Lederman
Through the math education world Maria has become a wonderful friend. Maria is working tirelessly to start a mass math movement. We discuss her kickstarter project that has authored a book, Moebius Noodles, of advanced math ideas for toddlers and their...
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Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Jason Ermer  Inspired by Math #23
Jason Ermer  Inspired by Math #23
Sol Lederman
Jason Ermer has spearheaded the Collaborative Mathematics project at collaborativemathematics.org. I interview Jason about what the project is, what inspired him, what the response so far has been and what he is hoping to accomplish.
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Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Erica Klarreich  Inspired by Math #22
Erica Klarreich  Inspired by Math #22
Sol Lederman
Erica Klarreich has been writing about mathematics and science for a popular audience for more than ten years. We talk about her relationship with math, how she defines the subject, her relationship to it, problems with how math is taught in school, one...
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Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Julie Rehmeyer  Inspired by Math #21
Julie Rehmeyer  Inspired by Math #21
Sol Lederman
Julie Rehmeyer writes about mathematics and science for Science News, Wired, Discover and other magazines. Julie and I discuss a bunch of things. Do you have a story of when you first realized that you really liked math? How did you get into writing...
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Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Dave Richeson  Inspired by Math #20
Dave Richeson  Inspired by Math #20
Sol Lederman
Dave Richeson is a mathematician, math professor, and math blogger. He loves topology and geometry among other things. He's taught inquirybased math which engages students to the nth degree, he wrote a book for Princeton University Press "Euler's...
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Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Shecky Riemann  Inspired by Math #19
Shecky Riemann  Inspired by Math #19
Sol Lederman
Shecky Riemann is the blogger at MathFrolic and now also at MathTango! He and I frolic through a number of subjects, getting to know who Shecky is, about his love of math, where he gets so many ideas for articles, how he and I are alike and different,...
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Sun, 03 Feb 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Glen Van Brummelen  Inspired by Math #18
Glen Van Brummelen  Inspired by Math #18
Sol Lederman
Why is spherical trigonometry a lost art? What is "Heavenly Mathematics" about and what background is needed to learn the material? To you spherical trigonometry is an exquisite branch of mathematics. How so? What calculations could be performed...
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Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Keith Devlin (Part I)  Inspired by Math #17
Keith Devlin (Part I)  Inspired by Math #17
Sol Lederman
Dr. Devlin and I discuss his "Introduction to Mathematical Thinking" MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in great detail. 64,000 students registered for the very challenging course, although most didn't finish. What made the course challenging? How did...
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Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Keith Devlin (Part II)  Inspired by Math #17
Keith Devlin (Part II)  Inspired by Math #17
Sol Lederman
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Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Steven Strogatz (Part I)  Inspired by Math #16
Steven Strogatz (Part I)  Inspired by Math #16
Sol Lederman
How did you become a NYT columnist? How did "The Joy of x" get such a clever title? How did you get inspired by math? What makes you such a great math communicator? Who has influenced you? Tell us about one of your other books, "The Calculus of...
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Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Steven Strogatz (Part II)  Inspired by Math #16
Steven Strogatz (Part II)  Inspired by Math #16
Sol Lederman
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Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Mircea Pitici  Inspired by Math #15
Mircea Pitici  Inspired by Math #15
Sol Lederman
[ Note: Audio quality choppy in places. We did the best we could. ] What motivated you to edit "Best Writing on Mathematics?" How did you pick 24 articles to include from thousands? Who is your audience? What makes a piece of writing beautiful the...
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Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Ian Stewart  Inspired by Math #14
Ian Stewart  Inspired by Math #14
Sol Lederman
I ask Dr. Stewart to share his inspiration and enthusiasm about mathematics. Where do the ideas and the inspiration for writing your books come from? Where does your love of math and passion for sharing it come from? Is there an early childhood...
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Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:00:00 0500
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Alfred Posamentier  Inspired by Math #13
Alfred Posamentier  Inspired by Math #13
Sol Lederman
Dr. Posamentier and I explore triangles: what is so special about them? Why a book about them? We discuss secondary school geometry education. Why didn't I and many others get a good geometry education? How is geometry a different beast from other...
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Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 0500
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Ed Burger  Inspired by Math #12
Ed Burger  Inspired by Math #12
Sol Lederman
Ed Burger is coauthor, with Michael Starbird, of a delightfully thoughtful Princeton University Press book about thinking, The Five Elements of Effective Thinking. While the book is not specific to Math, there's plenty of thinking in all things...
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Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:00:00 0500
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James Tanton  Inspired by Math #11
James Tanton  Inspired by Math #11
Sol Lederman
James Tanton is one of my personal heroes. James has a PhD in math from Princeton and he worked as a high school math teacher for a bunch of years. He's authored a number of textbooks, puzzle books, and videos. James' love of math is quite infectious....
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Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:00:00 0400
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Dora Musielak  Inspired by Math #10
Dora Musielak  Inspired by Math #10
Sol Lederman
Dora Musielak is literally a rocket scientist who wrote a historical novel, Sophie's Diary, with a good dose of mathematics in it. Sophie's Diary is the story of the coming of age of a teenager during the French Revolution. Dora and I discuss why she...
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Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:00:00 0400
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Seth Caplan and Dano Johnson  Inspired by Math #9
Seth Caplan and Dano Johnson  Inspired by Math #9
Sol Lederman
Seth Caplan is the producer of the Flatland movies. Dano Johnson is writer/director. They've just made their second movie, Flatland 2: Sphereland. I interview the two of them about the movies, the book they're based on, the making of Flatland, and more.
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Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:00:00 0400
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Vickie Kearn  Inspired by Math #8
Vickie Kearn  Inspired by Math #8
Sol Lederman
Vickie Kearn is the executive editor at Princeton University Press (PUP). She is also responsible for the math books PUP publishes. More than that, Vickie is an enthusiastic voice for the popularization of math, and she has a special place in her heart...
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Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 0400
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Scott Laidlaw and Jen Harris  Inspired by Math #7 (Part 2 of 2)
Scott Laidlaw and Jen Harris  Inspired by Math #7 (Part 2 of 2)
Sol Lederman
Scott and Jen cofounded Imagine Education, a company that is changing the paradigm for how computers can be used to give students a meaningful experience of math. Scott and Jen created Ko's Journey, an online experience in how math can be fun and...
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Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:00:00 0400
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Scott Laidlaw and Jen Harris  Inspired by Math #7 (Part 1 of 2)
Scott Laidlaw and Jen Harris  Inspired by Math #7 (Part 1 of 2)
Sol Lederman
Scott and Jen cofounded Imagine Education, a company that is changing the paradigm for how computers can be used to give students a meaningful experience of math. Scott and Jen created Ko's Journey, an online experience in how math can be fun and...
http://www.buzzsprout.com/5316/45628scottlaidlawandjenharrisinspiredbymath7part1of2.mp3
Sun, 08 Apr 2012 00:00:00 0400
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Michael Schrenk  Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers
Michael Schrenk  Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers
Sol Lederman
In this podcast, Michael Schrenk and I discuss webbots, spiders, and screen scrapers. These are the tools that allow developers to crawl the web, to mash up contents from multiple websites, to monitor sites for activity and to create intelligent agents...
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Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 0400
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Steven Krantz  Inspired by Math #6
Steven Krantz  Inspired by Math #6
Sol Lederman
Dr. Krantz is a mathematician at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published more than 65 books. His latest book, "A mathematician comes of age," explores the process of become mathematically mature. Dr. Krantz and I explore various aspects of...
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Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:00:00 0400
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John MacCormick  Inspired by Math #5
John MacCormick  Inspired by Math #5
Sol Lederman
I interview John MacCormick about his popular new book, "9 Algorithms that changed the future." Have you ever wondered how computers can detect and correct errors in noisy transmission lines? How computers mine data for patterns? Read the book but first...
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Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:00 0500
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Tony Gonzalez  Inspired by Math #4
Tony Gonzalez  Inspired by Math #4
Sol Lederman
Tony Gonzales translated Hiroshi Yuki's Japanese math novel "Math Girl" into English. Tony and I discuss the elements of Math Girl as a story that make the book magic and other subjects related to the book and to Japanese attitudes about math vs....
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Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 0500
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Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman  Inspired by Math #3
Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman  Inspired by Math #3
Sol Lederman
Jason Rosenhouse and Laura Taalman have written a fun book: Taking Sudoku Seriously. I interview the authors about how Sudoku is a great springboard for mathematical exploration, what Sudoku has to do with mathematical thinking, a practical application...
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Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 0500
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William Cook  Inspired by Math #2
William Cook  Inspired by Math #2
Sol Lederman
I interview William Cook, math professor and author of "In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman Problem: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation" about his new book, and about how he got sucked into tackling a famous unsolved problem. We discuss why the...
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Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:00:00 0500
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Keith Devlin  Inspired by Math #1
Keith Devlin  Inspired by Math #1
Sol Lederman
I interview Keith Devlin on a number of subjects: mathematics as a way of thinking, the role of video games, the importance of learning math in a historical context, the value of storytelling in teaching math, and more .... Plus, the most important...
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Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 0500
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