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Podcast Profile: The Function Room

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50 episodes
2020 to 2024
Median: 49 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

A podcast about the big numbers, the hard sums, the mathematics that defines, runs, shapes, changes, begins, ends, every things our lives and the world around us. Hosted by Colm O'Regan. An award-winning radio broadcaster, comedian, novelist and it turns out lapsed engineer who is trying to feel useful again. Each episode sheds light on a tiny corner of a giant subject with entertaining guests and accessible talk.


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

➤ Mathematics • Science • Voting systems • Black holes • Energy modeling • Climate change • Criminology • Algorithms • Mathematical modeling • Weather forecasting • Art and mathematics • Historical scientific figures • Statistical analysis

This podcast, titled "The Function Room," is hosted by Colm O'Regan, a radio broadcaster, comedian, novelist, and former engineer. It delves deeply into the world of mathematics and its pervasive influence on various aspects of life and the world around us. Each episode features O’Regan engaging with experts across a range of fields, blending humor with informative discussions.

The primary theme of the podcast is mathematics and its application to real-world scenarios. Various episodes explore the intricate details of mathematical theories, such as voting systems, black holes, energy modeling, and quantum physics. The podcast also examines the historical evolution and significance of mathematical concepts, including the history of the pocket calculator and the unsolved Riemann Hypothesis.

Furthermore, the podcast frequently intersects with scientific and technological advancements, contemplating the part mathematics plays in areas such as climate change, sustainable energy, and computational neuroscience. Through interviews with scientists, statisticians, and researchers, O'Regan sheds light on the critical role numbers and models play in understanding and solving complex problems.

Aside from pure mathematics, the podcast also branches into intersections with other disciplines, such as literature, with discussions on the links between math and poetry, and criminology, focusing on statistical approaches to understanding crime. Episodes on mathematical puzzles and mental arithmetic underscore the everyday relevance and accessibility of math, encouraging listeners to engage with the subject beyond the academic sphere.

In essence, "The Function Room" offers a comprehensive, yet approachable exploration of mathematics embedded in various facets of life. Each episode highlights the subject’s omnipresence and utility, making complex concepts palatable through engaging narratives and expert insights.


Episodes:
50 Talking Ballots with Adrian Kavanagh
2024-Jul-14
55 minutes
49 The Hole Shebang - Black Holes with Dr John Regan
2024-Jun-26
51 minutes
48 Object Lesson
2024-May-28
47 minutes
47 Body to Body to Body with Dr Matt Kenzie
2024-May-16
59 minutes
46 Census Sensibility with Dr Jessica Coyne.
2024-Apr-17
59 minutes
45 Empire of the Sum a history of the pocket calculator
2024-Mar-15
47 minutes
44 (Replay) Algorithm and Blues with Cathy O'Neill
2024-Mar-07
46 minutes
43 Potential Energy - the Mathematics of Energy Modelling
2024-Feb-29
37 minutes
42 That's So Derivative - Mathematics at the Movies with John Fardy
2024-Feb-22
58 minutes
41 Re: Volts with David Roberts
2024-Feb-06
71 minutes
40 H2 Oh! with Catherine Sheridan
2024-Jan-29
45 minutes
39 There's Been a Breakthrough with TJ Hegarty.
2024-Jan-22
43 minutes
38 The Auld Sthretch with Éibhear Ó hAnluain
2023-Dec-13
39 minutes
37 This Goes All The Way to the Top with David Robert Grimes
2023-Nov-29
60 minutes
36 Murderous Math with Kjartan Poskitt
2023-Nov-22
43 minutes
35 Riemann Reason with Dr Alex Kontorovich
2023-Nov-09
59 minutes
34 Sea Change with Joanna Donnelly
2023-Oct-27
33 minutes
33 Climate Worrier
2023-Oct-19
53 minutes
32 All the Pieces Matter
2023-Oct-16
25 minutes
31 It's in Our Nature
2023-Oct-04
52 minutes
30 Anyone's Guess
2023-Sep-21
59 minutes
29 The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
2023-Sep-11
49 minutes
28 Things Fall Apart
2023-Jul-10
42 minutes
27 A Sense of Ounce
2023-Jul-03
51 minutes
26 Chums' Pedigree
2023-Jun-28
40 minutes
#25 Crime Numbers
2023-Jun-19
51 minutes
24 Carbon of Contention
2023-Jun-09
51 minutes
23 What the Butler Saw with John Butler
2023-May-24
58 minutes
#22 Once Upon A Prime with Sarah Hart
2023-May-15
42 minutes
#21 Drawing by Numbers with Ayliean MacDonald
2023-May-06
49 minutes
Boyle Points - the story of a gas man
2023-May-01
38 minutes
The Weather Forecast: The Original Cloud Computing
2023-Apr-22
49 minutes
Some Idle ChatGPT
2023-Apr-14
52 minutes
Mental Arithmetic: It's All In Your Head
2023-Apr-06
37 minutes
All We Hear Is: Radio Pulsar
2023-Mar-30
36 minutes
Back Once Again For The Renegade Masters Student
2023-Mar-23
59 minutes
Where Is There a Will?
2021-Sep-22
58 minutes
Miracle Grow
2021-Sep-08
79 minutes
The Ps of Queues
2021-Aug-23
56 minutes
A Chip Off The New Block
2021-Jun-28
42 minutes
Welcome to the Fold
2021-May-14
67 minutes
The Matrix Revised
2021-Mar-15
45 minutes
Algorithm and Blues
2021-Feb-09
45 minutes
The Solace of Quantum
2021-Jan-18
45 minutes
A Sum of Funny.
2020-Dec-29
45 minutes
The Math(s) Doesn't Care About Your Feelings
2020-Nov-21
56 minutes
Galaxy Brain
2020-Nov-06
41 minutes
Model Behaviour
2020-Oct-23
35 minutes
Spilling the T.
2020-Oct-09
51 minutes
1 They Grow Up So Fast with Kit Yates
2020-Sep-10
33 minutes