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Podcast Profile: Travels in a Mathematical World

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Site: www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk/
66 episodes
2008 to 2010
Average episode: 11 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Math

Podcaster's summary: A podcast from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Episodes include mathematicians talking about their work, maths history and maths news.

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List Updated: 2022-Jun-29 11:52 UTC. Episodes: 66. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2010-Jul-30 • 5 minutes
Peter Rowlett, Travels in a Mathematical World
Travels in a Mathematical World is a set of 64 podcast episodes from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Hear mathematicians speaking in their own words about their work, their careers, interesting areas of maths they've worked in and maths history. Hear the variety of work mathematicians do. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jul-27 • 11 minutes
64 - Peter McOwan, his career
Episode 64. Peter McOwan talks about his career, particularly how mathematics helped him work in mathematical physics, medical imaging, computer-generated holography, optical neural networks, psychology, cybernetics, mathematical modelling of the biological brain, optical illusions, magic tricks, computer vision, teaching and outreach! For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jul-25 • 7 minutes
63 - Rhys Phillips, Electrostatic hazards in aircraft
Episode 63. Rhys Phillips of the Lightning Direct Effects Group at EADS talks about his work as a research engineer around electrostatic hazards in aircraft. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jul-22 • 7 minutes
62 - William Simpson, Solar physics
Episode 62. William Simpson talks about his work in solar stresses and solar flares, his theological motivations for studying mathematics and physics and studying abroad. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jul-19 • 6 minutes
61 - Chris Marchant, Outreach
Episode 61. Chris Marchant, Outreach Manager for The Department Of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Liverpool talks about the department's work in outreach activities. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jul-16 • 4 minutes
60 - Sarah Norton, systems engineering
Episode 60. Sarah Norton talks about her work in systems engineering and a specific application for fire engines responding to mobile phone emergency calls. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jul-12 • 8 minutes
59 - Katie Steckles and Rufus Roberts, Maths busking
Episode 59. Katie Steckles and Rufus Roberts talk about the phenomenon of 'maths busking'. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jul-08 • 7 minutes
58 - Ben Beech, Air Traffic Control
Episode 58. Ben Beech speaks at a careers event at the University of Portsmouth about his work as an air traffic controller. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Mar-23 • 8 minutes
57 - History of Maths and x, Shape of the cosmos: Developments from Newton to Einstein
Episode 57. Peter Rowlett covers Einstein's relativity in this companion podcast to video lecture at www.historyofmathsandx.co.uk/topics/gravity... For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Feb-28 • 12 minutes
56 - Edmund Harriss, Development and teaching of mathematical ideas
Episode 56. Edmund Harriss and I discuss a range of topics around enthusing people about mathematics and how mathematical ideas are developed and taught. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Feb-21 • 11 minutes
55 - Edmund Harriss, Tilings, motivations and Street Maths
Episode 55. Edmund Harriss of the University of Leicester speaks about his research area of tiling patterns and how this leads him into maths outreach. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Feb-14 • 16 minutes
54 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 54. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. Topics include digits of pi, how mathematicians think, maths books, Marcus du Sautoy OBE, the Mandelbulb, Islamic maths at the Science Museum, news about the numbers on maths degrees and maths teacher training, gender in maths, creative teaching approaches, autonomous unicycles, what fungus-like slime says about wireless communications and a little satire. For more info and show notes, including links to all stories mentioned visit www...
2010-Feb-06 • 8 minutes
53 - Robert Harter - Water waves
Episode 53. Robert Harter talks about his PhD research at the University of Manchester into linear water wave problems. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jan-31 • 5 minutes
52 - Jackie Grinsell, Mathematics teaching
Episode 52. Jackie Grinsell, Head of Mathematics, Purbrook Park School, Waterlooville, talks about her career as a maths teacher. This recording was made during a careers event at the University of Portsmouth. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2010-Jan-24 • 10 minutes
51 - Sebastien Guenneau, Optical wave guides and applied mathematics research
Episode 51. Sebastien Guenneau gives some examples from optical wave guides and other areas to highlight the processes which drive applied mathematics research and collaboration. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Dec-13 • 8 minutes
50 - Sebastien Guenneau, Invisibility cloaks
Episode 50. Dr. Sebastien Guenneau of the University of Liverpool talks about his work on metamaterials and invisibility cloaking. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Dec-07 • 8 minutes
49 - History of Maths and x, Substitution ciphers: Ancient - Renaissance
Episode 49. Peter Rowlett covers basic cryptography including information on cracking the Vigenere cipher. Companion podcast to video lecture at www.historyofmathsandx.co.uk/topics/cryptography... For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Nov-29 • 12 minutes
48 - Andrea Donafee, Cash balance optimisation
Episode 48. Andrea Donafee speaks about her work for Cash Management Systems in optimisation around managing cash balances. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Nov-22 • 9 minutes
47 - Mark Blyth, Applications of fluid dynamics in biology
Episode 47. Dr Mark Blyth of University of East Anglia (UEA) talks about his work applying fluid dynamics and elastomechanics to problems in biology and medicine. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Nov-15 • 12 minutes
46 - Frank Kelly, random processes, networks and optimization
Episode 46. Prof Frank Kelly, Master of Christ's College Cambridge, talks about his career researching random processes, networks and optimization both within the University of Cambridge and through corporate collaboration. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Nov-07 • 17 minutes
45 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 45. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. Topics include the new Lucasian Professor, models of cancer growth and radiation, killer robots, graphic novels and maths A level uptake, plus birthdays for Martin Gardner, the Greenwich Meridian and this podcast. For more info and show notes, including links to all stories mentioned visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Oct-31 • 12 minutes
44 - Andrew Cates, his career
Episode 44. Dr Andrew Cates talks about his career working for Shell as strategy consultancy, country manager for Shell in Cote d'Ivoire, as co-ordinating manager for "everything Shell sold to ships worldwide" and in charge of gas and power business in Europe. Andrew also talks his recent work for charity SOS Children, the world's largest orphan and abandoned children's charity. This recording was made live during the panel discussion at the Young Researchers in Mathematics 2009 Conference at the University...
2009-Oct-25 • 6 minutes
43 - Victor Arulchandran, wave dispersion and PhD skills
Episode 43. Victor Arulchandran of Brunel University talked to me (in a quite noisy tea room!) about his PhD topic looking at wave dispersion and the wide range of applications of that area of mathematics. Victor also talks about the skills he is able to acquire during his PhD which will aide his future career aspirations in financial modelling. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Oct-18 • 10 minutes
42 - Ed Galea, His career, part 2: Crowd evacuation modelling
Episode 42. Following on from episode 41 we hear from Professor Ed Galea of the University of Greenwich who talks about his work with the Fire Safety Engineering Group in crowd evacuation modelling. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Oct-11 • 11 minutes
41 - Ed Galea, His career, part 1: How astrophysics leads to steel casting and fire modelling
Episode 41. In this, part 1 of 2, Professor Ed Galea of the University of Greenwich talks about his career in various aspects of magnetohydrodynamics, from origins in astrophysics and how this led him to industrial steel casting and fire modelling. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Oct-04 • 22 minutes
40 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 40. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. Topics include Turing, phoney formulae, symmetric dates, politician's understanding of maths, Google Pagerank & ecosystem collapse, school exam results, brain chaos & zombie attacks! For more info and show notes, including links to all stories mentioned visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Sep-26 • 6 minutes
39 - Beatrice Pelloni, Applications of Fourier transforms
Episode 39. Beatrice Pelloni, Reader in Applied Mathematics at University of Reading, who I met at the Women in Mathematics Day 2009 spoke to me about her career, the topic of her talk at that event ("Generalised Fourier transforms and boundary value problems") and a little about being both a mother to young children and a mathematician. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jul-19 • 19 minutes
38 - David Spiegelhalter, Public understanding of risk
Episode 38. David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk talks about his career in statistics and current work in public communication. David speaks about the factors affecting risk-taking and how people perceive risk. Last episode before summer break. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jul-11 • 7 minutes
37 - David Mitchell, Channel coding and maths in engineering
Episode 37. David Mitchell of the University of Edinburgh, who is doing a collaborative PhD between the Schools of Mathematics and Engineering, talks about his area channel coding and about the links between mathematics and engineering. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jul-03 • 17 minutes
36 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 36. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. Topics include evolution of numeracy, electric fish, 'phantom' traffic jams, maths v. superstition, gender, Dara O'Briain, sporting mathematicians, maths teaching and the Royal Society Summer Science. For more info and show notes, including links to all stories mentioned visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jun-27 • 7 minutes
35 - Terry Edwards, Chartered Mathematician
Episode 35. As university students prepare to graduate I ask Terry Edwards about IMA Professional Development and Chartered Mathematician Status. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jun-21 • 9 minutes
34 - Eugenia Cheng, Category theory
Episode 34. Dr. Eugenia Cheng from the University of Sheffield talks to me about what she likes about mathematics, her area of category theory and TheCatsters YouTube channel. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jun-14 • 5 minutes
33 - David Fearn, Magnetohydrodynamics
Episode 33. Professor David Fearn of the University of Glasgow sat down with me and talked about the area of magnetohydrodynamics. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jun-06 • 20 minutes
32 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 32. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. Topics include Wolfram|Alpha, mathematicians and the credit crunch, the Christopher Zeeman medal for Ian Stewart, six degrees of seperation, quantum computing, weather forecasting and mathematical films. For more info and show notes including links to all stories mentioned visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-May-30 • 9 minutes
31 - Matt Parker, Maths communication
Episode 31. Matt Parker, a maths teacher, talks about his work communicating maths in ways that enthuse school students. Includes a live recording with funny gases - helium and sulfur hexafluoride - and a conversation covering maths in the simpsons, getting into teaching and the odds of winning the lottery. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-May-22 • 14 minutes
30 - Noel-Ann Bradshaw, Ramanujan
Episode 30. In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich talks about Ramanujan. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-May-16 • 7 minutes
29 - Noel-Ann Bradshaw, Evolutionary algorithms for financial applications
Episode 29. Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich talks about her research using evolutionary algorithms for financial applications. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-May-10 • 22 minutes
28 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 28. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. For more info and show notes including links to all stories mentioned visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Apr-27 • 16 minutes
27 - Oliver Jensen, British Applied Mathematics Colloquium 2009
Episode 27. Immediately following the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC) 2009, I sat down with Professor Oliver Jensen of the University of Nottingham and Co-Chair of the BAMC for a retrospective on the conference and what work is current in applied mathematics. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Apr-19 • 6 minutes
26 - Chris Budd, Confessions of an Industrial Mathematican
Episode 26. Professor Chris Budd of the University of Bath spoke to me about his view of 21st Century maths, based on his article "Confessions of an Industrial Mathematican", written for Mathematics Today. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Apr-10 • 12 minutes
25 - History with Noel-Ann Bradshaw - Fibonacci
Episode 25. In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for the History of Mathematics talks about the life and works of Fibonacci. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Apr-04 • 12 minutes
24 - John Sharp, Maths and Art
Episode 24. John Sharp of the London Knowledge Lab talks about his work in mathematics and art. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Mar-29 • 11 minutes
23 - Paul Shepherd, Decimation and Subdivision
Episode 23. Dr. Paul Shepherd of the University of Bath speaks about two aspects of 3D modelling - decimation and subdivision. Paul also talks about what a mathematician can bring the world of engineering and architecture. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Mar-22 • 11 minutes
22 - Mike Maher, Transport Modelling
Episode 22. Mike Maher, Professor of the Mathematical Analysis of Transport Systems at the Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds University. Mike sat down with me at the University of Edinburgh and talked about his work in transport modelling. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Mar-14 • 10 minutes
21 - History with Noel-Ann Bradshaw - Turing
Episode 21. In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for the History of Mathematics talks about the life of Alan Turing. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Mar-08 • 10 minutes
20 - Choi-Hong Lai, Fluid dynamics
Episode 20. Choi-Hong Lai of the University of Greenwich talks through some applications in fluid dynamics. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Feb-28 • 20 minutes
19 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 19. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Feb-23 • 10 minutes
18 - Jane Wess, Science Museum
Episode 18. Jane Wess tells me about the mathematics collection at the Science Museum. This includes Napier's Bones and there is a video of Jane demonstrating Napier's Bones at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nWT-zbb3s8.... For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Feb-16 • 9 minutes
17 - History with Noel-Ann Bradshaw - al-Kharazmi
Episode 17. In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for the History of Mathematics talks about the life of al-Kharazmi. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Feb-06 • 7 minutes
16 - Chris Bailey, Cutty Sark Restoration
Episode 16. Professor Chris Bailey from the University of Greenwich talks about his work in using mathematics to predict the reliability and maintainability of real material structures and how this work is applied to projects including the conservation and restoration of the Cutty Sark. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Feb-01 • 15 minutes
15 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 15. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jan-24 • 8 minutes
14 - Paul Shepherd, Parametric Geometry Generation
Episode 14. Paul Shepherd, a mathematician working in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. He speaks about his work on architectural design using parametric models. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jan-17 • 9 minutes
13 - History with Noel-Ann Bradshaw - Florence Nightingale
Episode 13. In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for the History of Mathematics talks about the life of Florence Nightingale. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2009-Jan-10 • 10 minutes
12 - Terry Lyons Stochastic Calculus
Episode 12. Professor Terry Lyons of the University of Oxford talks about his area of Stochastic Analysis. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Dec-14 • 10 minutes
11 - History with Noel-Ann Bradshaw - Euler
Episode 11. In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for the History of Mathematics talks about the life of Leonhard Euler. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Dec-06 • 9 minutes
10 - Adrian Bowyer (part 2)
Episode 10. The second of two episodes in which Dr. Adrian Bowyer talks about some of the areas his career has taken him to. www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Dec-01 • 13 minutes
9 - Adrian Bowyer (part 1)
Episode 9. The first of two episodes in which Dr. Adrian Bowyer talks about some of the areas his career has taken him to. www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Nov-23 • 14 minutes
8 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 8. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Nov-16 • 12 minutes
7 - Neil Goldwasser, Dyslexia Support and Adult Numeracy
Episode 7. In this episode, Neil Goldwasser talks about his work as a dyslexia support tutor and adult numeracy tutor. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Nov-08 • 8 minutes
6 - History with Noel-Ann Bradshaw - Galois
Episode 6. In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for the History of Mathematics talks about the life of Evariste Galois. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Nov-01 • 11 minutes
5 - Nira Chamberlain, Mathematical Modelling Consultant
Episode 5. Nira Chamberlain works as a Mathematical Modelling Consultant and is a PhD student part time at the University of Portsmouth. I met Nira in Portsmouth and asked him to tell me about some interesting projects he had worked on. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Oct-26 • 11 minutes
4 - Maths news with Sarah Shepherd
Episode 4. Sarah Shepherd joins me to look over some recent maths news. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Oct-19 • 14 minutes
3 - Dr. Joanna Hartley - Public Transport Modelling
Episode 3. Dr. Joanna Hartley of Nottingham Trent University talks about her career from leaving university and the work she has done with Nottingham City Transport on public transport modelling. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Oct-11 • 9 minutes
2 - History - Newton and Leibniz
Episode 2. In the first of our Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich and also Meetings Co-ordinator of the British Society for the History of Mathematics talks through a little of the history around Isaac Newton and Gottfried von Leibniz. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Oct-04 • 10 minutes
1 - Professor Philip Maini, Oxford - Maths Biology
Episode 1, in which Professor Philip Maini of the Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford, talks about the field of mathematical biology. For more info and show notes visit www.travelsinamathematicalworld.co.uk
2008-Sep-11 • 1 minutes
0 - Prelude
Episode 0, a brief prelude to the podcast proper.