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Podcast Profile: Math-Life Balance

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25 episodes
2021 to 2022
Median: 56 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

The official podcast version of Mura Yakerson's YouTube channel Math-Life Balance. What Mura has to say about the content:
"In this [podcast] I post my non-professional interviews with professional mathematicians. I ask my colleagues about their personal experience in math, their struggles and lifehacks. I hope that this shared experience would be helpful for other people in the math community, especially for young mathematicians!"
Interviews are posted weekly during the weekends.


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

➤ Interviews with mathematicians • Personal experiences in math • Life and research balance • Job market challenges • Advice for young mathematicians • Overcoming demotivation • Social aspects of math • Inclusivity and diversity in academia

"Math-Life Balance" is a podcast that extends the mission of Mura Yakerson’s YouTube channel, focusing on informal interviews with professional mathematicians. The show delves into their personal and professional experiences, providing insights into the often unseen aspects of mathematical careers and the interplay between their work and personal lives.

Each episode typically features a distinct mathematician, ranging from university professors to software engineers who have transitioned out of academia. The conversations cover a wide spectrum of topics pertinent to the global mathematical community. Commonly explored themes include the challenges of balancing family life with demanding research schedules, the social dynamics within the field of mathematics, and personal strategies for overcoming professional demotivation.

The podcast also touches on practical aspects of an academic career in mathematics, such as the pressures of the job market, maintaining productivity, and navigating the complexities of collaborative research. Episodes highlight experiences of mathematicians as they discuss their educational journeys, from undergrad research to PhD advising, and offer important career advice for aspiring mathematicians.

Math education and public engagement are recurring topics, reflecting on ways to foster inclusivity and improve societal perceptions of mathematics. Many interviewees share their views on teaching, from engaging young students to explaining complex concepts to non-specialists. The podcast creates a platform for discussing broader issues in academia, including the representation of minorities, gender disparities, and the psychological pressures associated with rigorous mathematical research.

Listeners can expect to hear not only about significant mathematical achievements but also about personal anecdotes, such as applying mathematics in daily life, the pivotal role of mentors, and even humorous episodes related to the mathematicians' personal lives. This podcast serves as an enriching resource for those within the math community, especially young mathematicians seeking inspiration and guidance.


Episodes:
Episode Image Interview with Jeremiah Heller and Vesna Stojanoska
2022-Jul-13
49 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Dhruv Ranganathan
2021-Dec-19
48 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Kevin Buzzard
2021-Nov-29
61 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Maria Chudnovsky
2021-Aug-30
56 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Tomer Schlank
2021-Jul-16
53 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Saul Glasman
2021-Jul-10
60 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Giulia Saccà
2021-Jun-29
61 minutes
Episode Image William Thurston "On proof and progress in mathematics"
2021-Jun-22
5 minutes
Episode Image How to become the worst researcher in the world
2021-Jun-22
10 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Irakli Patchkoria
2021-May-30
51 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Peter Scholze
2021-May-22
56 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Ravi Vakil
2021-May-08
61 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Max Karoubi
2021-May-05
56 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Mariana Smit Vega Garcia
2021-Apr-17
62 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Richard Thomas
2021-Apr-10
62 minutes
Episode Image What brought me into math
2021-Mar-26
10 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Marc Levine
2021-Mar-21
59 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Dustin Clausen
2021-Mar-13
66 minutes
Episode Image Interviews with mathematicians: how & why
2021-Mar-08
20 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Olga Paris-Romaskevich
2021-Feb-26
57 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Rahul Pandharipande
2021-Feb-26
56 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Adebisi Agboola
2021-Feb-26
61 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Thomas Nikolaus
2021-Feb-26
40 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Hélène Esnault
2021-Feb-25
63 minutes
Episode Image Interview with Inna Zakharevich
2021-Feb-25
49 minutes