They’re millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down — what’s not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math.
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TED: Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers  Adam Spencer (2013)
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Steven Strogatz: The Joy Of X : NPR
In The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity, mathematician Steven Strogatz provides an entertaining refresher course in math, starting with the most elementary ideas, such as counting, and finishing with mindbending theories of infinity—including the idea that some infinities can be bigger than others.
http://www.npr.org/2012/10/05/162372203/stevenstrogatzthejoyofx

Attack of the algorithms
Robot traders are dominating stock markets using high speed computer algorithms. Human traders and government regulators canât keep up, and markets could be one programming glitch away from the next big crash. Stan Correy investigates.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/20120909/4242538

In Our Time With Melvyn Bragg: Random and Pseudorandom
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss random and pseudorandom numbers. Randomness will be familiar to anybody who’s bought a lottery ticket or shuffled a pack of cards. But there’s also a phenomenon known as pseudorandomness –numbers which look random but aren’t. So why are these numbers useful and how can they be generated? Melvyn is joined by Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford; Colva RoneyDougal, Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of St Andrews; and Timothy Gowers, Royal Society Research Professor in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
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Nerdist Podcast: Danica McKellar « Nerdist
The guys sit down with Danica McKellar for a stellar conversation about growing up Winnie Cooper, her passion for math and how to give children confidence through education. Danica is WAY smart. She has a theorem named after her for crapsake! This ep takes wonderful turns that you may not expect!
http://www.nerdist.com/2012/03/nerdistpodcastdanicamckellar/

Babbage and Tennyson
Today, Charles Babbage writes a letter to Alfred Lord Tennyson. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them.
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A Brief History of Mathematics 2: Leonard Euler
The man who calculated as other men breathe. Professor Marcus du Sautoy on the mathematical omnivore without whom no history of mathematics is complete.

A Brief History of Mathematics 1: Newton and Leibniz
The battle over the calculus. Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals how the great hero of British science is rather less gentlemanly than his German rival. An astronaut and investment analyst pay homage to the enormous power of the calculus.
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Math for Primates: Probably about Probability
 How math can turn you into a fortune teller.
 What is a “precise falafel”?
 Is an infinite number of Nick’s a good or a bad thing? I say good!
 $7 bucks is a lot of money. Just sayin’
 Expected value of using your Quantum Superpowers to play the lottery.
 The primate brain’s pattern recognition is both kickass, and dumb as hell.
 Nick: “Get out while you can, monkey!”
 The reason Las Vegas is not a Not for Profit city.
 Chess or Poker, that is the question.
 Natufian tribes, genes, and humpin’.
From http://www.mathforprimates.com/2010/04/30/episode013probablyaboutprobability/
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Adventures in Numberland
Join author and journalist Alex Bellos for a surprising and entertaining look at the world of mathematics.
By bringing together history, reportage and mathematical proofs, and covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, Alex Bellos reveals how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives.
Join Alex Bellos at the RSA to discover the beauty of mathematical patterns in nature, the peculiar predictability of random behaviour, how to win at the casino, the deep connections between maths, religion and philosophy, and why the best Scrabble players are mathematicians.
Speaker:Alex Bellos, writer, broadcaster and author of Futebol, the Brazilian Way of Life (Bloomsbury, 2002) and Alex’s Adventures in Numberland (Bloomsbury, 2010).
Chair:Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA.
http://www.thersa.org/events/audioandpastevents/2010/adventuresinnumberland
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