Fibonacci, PHI, World's most mysterious number, Golden number, Golden ratio, Golden section, Divine proportion
More or Less: Behind the Stats: Tim Harford investigates numbers in the news. Numbers are used in every area of public debate. But are they always reliable? Tim and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.
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Often described as the science of patterns, mathematics is arguably humanity’s most penetrating mental framework for uncovering the hidden patterns that lie behind everything we see, feel, and experience. Galileo described mathematics as the language in which the laws of the universe are written. Intended to give a broad overview of the field, these five illustrated lectures look at counting and arithmetic, shape and geometry, motion and calculus, and chance and probability, and end with a mind-stretching trip to infinity.
Cathy O’Neil lives in New York City. She hopes to someday have a better answer to the question, “what can a non-academic mathematician do that makes the world a better place?”
The Numbers Guy examines numbers in the news, business and politics. Some numbers are flat-out wrong or biased, while others are valid and help us make informed decisions. Carl Bialik tells the stories behind the stats, in occasional updates on this blog and inhis column published every Saturday in The Wall Street Journal. Carl, who holds a degree in mathematics and physics from Yale University, also writes daily about sports numbers on WSJ.com.
Some Mathematical and Scientific Podcasts
“Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Ten fifteen minute podcasts that reveal the personalities behind the calculations from Newton to the present day. How do these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world?” Short and snappy. 15 mins each. Maths and science focused but easily understood by the person in the street.
Some of the best science broad and (pod) casting from North America
BBC. Brian Cox. Robyn Ince. Science can be funny! New series starts June 24th
“Frontiers explores new ideas in science and meets the people behind them. There are two six-part series of Frontiers a year, in summer and winter. The programme is half an hour long.”
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