Funbers 5

As well as being a hit(?) boyband from the 90’s, five is also a number. We have five human senses, five rings in the Olympic symbol and five Platonic Solids. These are my favourite shapes and were believed by the Ancient Greeks to be the building blocks of the universe…

You can listen to all of the Funbers episodes from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford here.

Funbers Feigenbaum’s Constant

Funbers enters the world of Chaos with Feigenbaum’s constant, equal to 4.67… Mathematically, it’s the quickest route to complete and utter unpredictability and was only discovered 40 years ago… madness (in more ways than one).

You can listen to all of the Funbers episodes from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford here.

Funbers 4

The number 4 is a symbol of balance and stability: tables and chairs have four legs, as do most animals, and humans have four limbs. We also like to divide things up into fours – four parts of the day, four points on a compass and four seasons for example. And then there’s the four horsemen of the apocalypse, wreaking havoc and causing death and destruction everywhere they tread. Maybe four isn’t so stable after all…

You can listen to all of the Funbers episodes from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford here.

Funbers Pi

Funbers continues with the number Pi – undoubtedly a mathematician’s favourite food and also a universal constant that is built into the very fabric of the universe… If that sounds like a bold claim be sure to listen below to find out why…

You can listen to all of the Funbers episodes from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford here.

BBC Cambridgeshire Interview

Starting from my love of multiplication questions at primary school, I talk about my new role as a maths tutor at the University of Oxford, what a typical day looks like for the Naked Mathematician and give a sneak preview of my upcoming talk at New Scientist Live later this year… Live interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Funbers 3

The number 3 is big in the worlds of literature and religion where most things like to come in threes. We have three musketeers, three Buddhist treasures and three Norse Norns… naturally.

 

You can listen to all of the Funbers episodes from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford here.

Funbers e

Funbers continues with the number ‘e’ – also known as 2.718… or my favourite number. It represents the natural rate of growth and is particularly important when it comes to finances and working out the best way to invest your money…

You can listen to all of the Funbers episodes from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford here.

Funbers 2

Funbers continues with a return to the integers and the number 2. Good and evil, love and hate, light and dark, friends and enemies, we like things that come in pairs – even the great William Shakespeare was a fan! And let’s not forget it takes two to tango…

You can listen to all of the funbers episodes from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford here.

Funbers Golden Ratio

Next up in the Funbers series is the Golden Ratio… credited with explaining beautiful architecture, beautiful art and beautiful people. It appears everywhere in nature and may just hold the secret to everlasting beauty…

You can find all of the episodes in the Funbers series with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Oxford here.

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