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Site: cartesiancafe.podbean.com
6 episodes
Average episode: 117 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: The Cartesian Cafe is the podcast in which an expert guest and Timothy Nguyen map out scientific and mathematical subjects in detail. Content also available in video format on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/timothynguyen, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

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List Updated: 2022-Sep-28 11:57 UTC. Episodes: 6. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2022-Sep-07 • 180 minutes
John Baez | The Algebra of Grand Unified Theories
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2022-Aug-22 • 145 minutes
Tai-Danae Bradley | Category Theory and Language Models
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2022-Aug-22 • 133 minutes
John Urschel | Tackling Graph Theory
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2022-Aug-20 • 152 minutes
Richard Easther | The Big Bang, Inflation, and Gravitational Waves
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Po-Shen Loh | The Mathematics of COVID-19 Contact Tracing
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2022-Aug-17 • 1 minutes
Hello everyone, this is Tim Nguyen and welcome to The Cartesian Cafe. On this podcast we embark on a collaborative journey with other experts, to discuss mathematical and scientific topics in faithful detail, which means writing down formulas, drawing pictures, and reasoning about them together on a whiteboard. If you’ve been longing for a deeper dive into the intricacies of scientific subjects, then this is the podcast for you. Welcome to The Cartesian Cafe.