It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! To show our appreciation for teachers and their integral roles in our development as lifelong learners, we’re sitting down with three listeners who are stellar math teachers and Human Venn Diagrams in their own right. You’ll hear Tori Raddatz, Emily Dennett and Emily Hart talk authenticity, inspiration, self care and everything in between—and we guarantee you’ll feel all the feelings for the teachers in your life.
Can you mathematicize art? We dive into that question and lots more with physicist, engineer and master origami artist Dr. Robert J. Lang, who merges mathematics with aesthetics to fold elegant modern origami. You’ll hear how computer programs support making better art and discover some astonishing applications of origami folding techniques. Plus, the world’s most beautiful math equation!
In this special Pi Day episode, we interview Dr. Eugenia Cheng, musician, chef, mathematician, and the author of How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics and the upcoming Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics. Eugenia shares why she’s chosen not to follow blueprints that other people have created, and why math is not actually about getting the right answer. Plus, how to mathematically figure out your perfect size of pizza, and Eugenia’s tips on making the perfect Bananas Foster!
We talk with Taoufik Nadji, professor of physics, astronomy, math, and forensic science at Interlochen Arts Academy. Mr. Nadji is famous at Interlochen for his ingenious ways of incorporating arts and science and making STEM thrilling. We discuss some highly collaborative projects that will blow your mind, why the journey to a solution is as important as the solution itself, and how teaching is also an act of learning. Plus, wait for Mr. Nadji’s answer to the age-old student question: “What does math and science have to do with my life?”
We interview Risa Puno, an interactive installation and sculpture artist based in New York, who also happens to be an incredible baker and math tutor. We discuss the importance of play in art and life, what it's like to be an artist with a strong left brain, and how to define success when no two weeks look alike. Plus, singing!