Radio Lab, probably the smartest science show on the radio,—no offense Science Friday, but there is no contest here—aired a show devoted to “Numbers” in October, but I only caught the podcast recently. It’s worth a listen.
Historians of science might be attracted to a bit speaking about combinatorists’ Erdös numbers, via Paul Hoffman.
But even more exciting: the show succeeds in making math
relevent crucial to humanity and culture. We see math as the catalyst of friendship, math in the midst of a detective story (Benford’s Law!), and math as potentially a human imperative.
I even caught references to log tables. My heart went all a-flutter.