mathematics

#363      29 min 16 sec
The social life of algorithms: Shaping, and being shaped by, our world

Prof Paul Dourish

Informatics researcher Professor Paul Dourish explains how algorithms, as more than mere technical objects, guide our social lives and organization, and are themselves evolving products of human social actions. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#358      37 min 33 sec
Eavesdropping on the classroom: How new insights into student interactions can lead to better teaching

Prof David Clarke

Educator and schools researcher Prof David Clarke discusses new understanding of student learning and success in maths and science, gathered from extensive observation of classroom interaction and negotiation styles. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.

#296      27 min 16 sec
Cardiac quest: Insights from simulating the heart’s geometry and function

Prof Edmund Crampin

Computational biologist Prof Edmund Crampin examines the challenges of creating a computational model of the human heart, and discusses what scientists have learned about the actual organ from this enterprise. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#267      22 min 29 sec
Counting the coast: Modeling the oceans of a warming planet

Dr Kathleen McInnes

Climate modeler Dr Kathy McInnes describes what mathematical modeling can tell us about the effects of rising sea levels and extreme weather events on our coastlines. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#258      29 min 05 sec
The world by numbers: How mathematics explains objects and events

Prof Chris Budd

Mathematician Prof Chris Budd discusses how mathematics seeks to explain and predict real life phenomena -- from the simple movement of objects to complex, “chaotic” systems such as the weather. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 33      14 min 45 sec
Mathematics of Biology

Prof Kerry Landman

Prof Kerry Landman chats with Dr Shane Huntington about how mathematics sheds light on biological phenomena like the growth of cancer cells.