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Podcast Profile: Infinitely Irrational: A Math Podcast

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47 episodes
2019 to 2024
Median: 29 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

Infinitely Irrational: where we explore the real, eccentric, and complex history of math.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Historical mathematicians and their stories • Mathematical paradoxes and theorems • Unusual and humorous questions • Math in everyday life • Guest experts and educators • COVID-19 and self-care tips

Infinitely Irrational: A Math Podcast is a series that delves into the rich history of mathematics, exploring its real, eccentric, and complex aspects. The podcast is hosted by Nathalie Vega-Rhodes, and often features Ioanna Georgiou, a mathematics educator and author known for her books "Mathematical Adventures!" and "Peculiar Deaths of Famous Mathematicians."

The content spans a wide range of mathematical topics and historical figures in mathematics, focusing particularly on the lives, contributions, and often peculiar personal stories of renowned mathematicians. Episodes frequently explore foundational mathematical concepts and paradoxes, such as those introduced by Georg Cantor, Kurt Gödel, and Pierre de Fermat, and pose intriguing questions that link mathematics to broader philosophical and practical considerations.

Listeners are taken through thematic trilogies or multi-part series, each centered around a specific mathematician or mathematical idea. Themes include the nature of infinity, the philosophical implications of mathematical discoveries, and the unusual personal anecdotes associated with historical figures in mathematics.

The podcast also tackles the integration of mathematics with other domains such as travel, personal well-being, and even literary references, creating a narrative that interweaves mathematical theory with human interest stories. Special series on contemporary issues like COVID-19 showcase interviews with various professionals, discussing topics such as empathy in leadership, community building, and maintaining mental health during the pandemic.

Throughout its episodes, Infinitely Irrational invites listeners to consider unexpected intersections of mathematics with everyday life, historical intrigue, and broader existential questions, providing both educational insights and narrative entertainment. The show encourages audience interaction through its social media and email, enhancing the community feel of its academic discussions.


Episodes:
35: Cantor's Paradox: A Journey through the Rabbit Hole of Sets
2024-Apr-30
23 minutes
34. Cantor's Labyrinth: Navigating the Maze of Infinite Numbers
2024-Mar-31
28 minutes
33. Cantor: An Infinite Odyssey
2024-Feb-29
38 minutes
32: Charles Dodgson: Curiouser and Curiouser
2023-Nov-15
28 minutes
31: Charles Dodgson: It Sounds Uncommon Nonsense
2023-Oct-15
25 minutes
30: Charles Dodgson: Into Wonderland?
2023-Sep-15
35 minutes
29. The Gödelfather: A Mathematical Masterpiece
2023-Jun-15
37 minutes
28. De Moivre, The Merrier
2023-May-15
41 minutes
27. Brahe-mian Rhapsody: The Rise and Fall of Tycho Brahe
2023-Apr-15
40 minutes
26. Archimedes: The Tell-Tale Bath
2023-Mar-14
37 minutes
Reflections
2021-Jun-15
11 minutes
25. Newton/Leibniz: Crime and Punishment
2021-May-31
35 minutes
24. Newton/Leibniz: Great Expectations
2021-May-15
21 minutes
23. The Strange Case of Sir Newton and Mr. Leibniz
2021-Apr-30
29 minutes
22. Emelie du Chatelet: True Colors
2021-Apr-15
38 minutes
21. Emelie du Chatelet: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
2021-Mar-31
22 minutes
20. Emelie du Chatelet: Into the Nightlife
2021-Mar-14
25 minutes
A Short Break (and an Announcement!)
2020-Jun-22
1 minute
19. Here's Looking at Euclid
2020-Jun-15
34 minutes
18. Euclid's Fairy Tales
2020-May-31
20 minutes
17. Euclid's on the Block
2020-May-15
27 minutes
16. May the FOURTH be with you
2020-Apr-30
40 minutes
15. Revenge of the Omens
2020-Apr-15
40 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19:Leadership and Empathy in Times of Change
2020-Apr-14
26 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19: Self-Care and Journaling Through Trauma
2020-Apr-13
31 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19: Building Community
2020-Apr-12
20 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19: Planning Now and for the Future
2020-Apr-11
29 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19: Healthy Snacking and Grocery Shopping Tips
2020-Apr-10
25 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19: Teaching Online
2020-Apr-09
25 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19: The Human Connection
2020-Apr-08
32 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19: Working (Out) From Home
2020-Apr-07
16 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19: Transitioning to Online
2020-Apr-06
14 minutes
14. The Rise of Cardano
2020-Mar-31
31 minutes
13. The Cardano Awakens
2020-Mar-15
37 minutes
12. Fermat: The Adventure of the Perplexing Proof
2020-Feb-29
30 minutes
11. Fermat: The Adventure of the Dubious Development
2020-Feb-15
39 minutes
10. Fermat: The Adventure of the Mathematical Magistrate
2020-Jan-31
23 minutes
Holiday Break - see you Jan 31!
2019-Dec-22
1 minute
9. Erdös: Forgiving You Was Easy
2019-Dec-15
28 minutes
8. Erdös: On the Road Again
2019-Nov-30
32 minutes
7. Erdös: Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Mathematicians
2019-Nov-15
39 minutes
6. Hypatia: War of the Worlds
2019-Oct-15
39 minutes
5. Choose Your Own Hypatia: Heart of Darkness
2019-Oct-15
38 minutes
4. Choose Your Own Hypatia: Portrait of a Lady
2019-Oct-15
17 minutes
3. Pythagoras: Tresses, Tranquility, and Travel Tips
2019-Sep-10
31 minutes
2. Pythagoras: Eagles, Environmentalists, and Expurgation
2019-Sep-10
39 minutes
1. Pythagoras: Birthmarks, Beans, and Brotherhoods
2019-Sep-10
23 minutes