My Favorite Theorem show

My Favorite Theorem

Summary: 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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:35

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:37

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:41

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:57

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:34

Kameryn Williams is a logician and their favorite theorem is the less well-known Condensation Lemma of Gödel. Also brie.

 Episode 71 - Emily Howard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:57

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:45

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:11

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:00

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:08

Mathematician Liz Munch really likes the duality inherent in the Max Flow-Min Cut Theorem. And harps.

 Episode 66 - Érika Roldán | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:08

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 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:50

Howard Masur likes the Riemann Mapping Theorem, a result relating topology (simply connected subsets of the plane) and geometry (conformal mappings).

 Episode 64 - Pamela Harris and Aris Winger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:35

Pamela Harris and Aris Winger have a podcast you should check out, but they also have favorite theorems as diverse as Zeckendorf's theorem about unique representations of integers as sums of Fibonacci numbers and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Also ceviche and pizza.

 Episode 63 - Lily Khadjavi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:33

Mathematician Lily Khadjavi does more interviewing than we do in this episode, as she proposes a taxonomy of theorems.

 Episode 62 - Tai-Danae Bradley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:50

Mathematician Tai-Danae Bradley is very excited about the singular value decomposition. And category theory. And Dum Dums.


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