My Favorite Theorem

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77 episodes
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37 min.
Release period
39 days


Join us as we spend each episode talking with a mathematical professional about their favorite result. And since the best things in life come in pairs, find out what our guest thinks pairs best with their theorem.

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Episode 76 - Math Students of CSULA
We are joined by a group of math students at Cal State University in Los Angeles for a diverse collection of theorems and pairings.
Episode 75 - Dave Kung
We can't believe it took 75 episodes to get to the Banach-Tarski paradox, but finally Dave Kung chose it as his favorite theorem. Also, Enigma Variations.
Episode 74 - Priyam Patel
An old favorite theorem makes its third appearance on the pod, but we always like to learn new points of view. Priyam Patel likes the Brouwer Fixed Point theorem, and this time we learn how it helps classify isometries of hyperbolic space. Also, rock climbing.
Episode 73 - Courtney Gibbons
Courtney Gibbons likes isomorphism theorems. All three of them, in fact, and she wants to remind you they are due to Emmy Noether, despite most textbooks ignoring that fact. Also, bunnies.
Episode 72 - Kameryn Williams
Kameryn Williams is a logician and their favorite theorem is the less well-known Condensation Lemma of Gödel. Also brie.
Episode 71 - Emily Howard
Composer Emily Howard uses mathematical objects and ideas as inspiration for her orchestral and chamber pieces. In this episode we talk to her about "Torus" which was inspired by work with dynamicists.
Episode 70 - Joel David Hamkins
Mathematician and philosopher Joel David Hamkins likes games (whatever those are) and his favorite theorem is that winning strategies exist. This requires defining "games", "strategies", and all kinds of other stuff. Also chess.
Episode 69 - Ranthony Edmonds
Mathematician Ranthony Edmonds likes factorization in general, so it's no surprise her favorite theorem is the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic. And some history. And mead.
Episode 68 - Rekha Thomas
Mathematician Rekha Thomas likes things to have applications, and nothing fits that bill better than linear algebra. In this episode we learn that the singular value decomposition gives us a lot more information than you might have realized. Also, migratory birds.
Episode 67 - Liz Munch
Mathematician Liz Munch really likes the duality inherent in the Max Flow-Min Cut Theorem. And harps.
Episode 66 - Érika Roldán
Mathematician Érika Roldán likes probability and topology and all kinds of fun stuff. Her favorite theorem involves card shuffling, but it eventually leads to Tetris. Also 3D art.
Episode 65 - Howard Masur
Howard Masur likes the Riemann Mapping Theorem, a result relating topology (simply connected subsets of the plane) and geometry (conformal mappings).

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4.7 out of 5
78 reviews
CarlLeGrone 2021/10/14
Actually kinda epic?!? I
M.S.Meatball 2018/10/25
Learn Something New Each Episode
The hosts have on great guests, who do deep dives into their favorite theorems. The episodes range in accessibility, but there are interesting take aw...
johnnerbonner 2021/02/13
Turned off from the beginning
What was that all about? The guest could have simply stated what it was about calculus that fascinated her and then given the Wikipedia example and t...
Joe from Doral 2019/05/07
Good but
I enjoy this podcast but I just wished they wouldn’t open *every* episode by discussing the weather. It’s trite.
3of7tricom34 2018/02/10
Already very much enjoying this
Just started, but already very much enjoying!
Graeme McRae 2017/10/03
Very approachable
I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to follow the math without any visual aids. For example, a case of Fermat’s “little” theorem was vividly ex...
Nesotoru 2017/09/14
New favorite podcast!
The first episode had a discussion of the Uniformization theorem, ice cream, and the Borsuk-Ulam theorem. Instant five star rating tbh
Rafalva 2017/07/30
Great Initiative
Congratulations. This is great way to develop interest in mathematics


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