With a staggering 53.7% more content than episode 1, episode 2 will educate you on such weighty matters as the maths of playlists, fastest ever olympians (spoiler - it's not the sprinters), teabags, and more. And in the return of 'Gratuitous and Tenuous' the reason for our sunflower logo is revealed!
They're back! Join Rob and Andrew for a second series of 'Puzzling Maths'. In episode 1, they cover such wide-ranging topics as the Mayflower (yes that one), Burnley FC, The Olympics, Pizza, and Roman Numerals.
Disclaimer: no numbers were harmed in the making of this podcast, though some may have inadvertently been used either Gratuitously or Tenuously...
The History Episode (and season finale). Where else could you find out about the maths of the Census, discover Aristotle's lesser-known brother Bob, learn about the shortest man in history (spoiler: only because of a mathematical error), and be caught out by an excellent puzzle about the Emperor Claudius?
Not to mention a terrific interview with famous archeologist Sue Greaney, in which we learn some extraordinary mathematical facts about Stonehenge!
Very possibly our most fascinating episode yet. In which we discuss clocks, snow, fruit pastilles, screens, sudoku, and most importantly, music, as we explore maths with our guest the talented cellist Samara Ginsberg. (Feb 2021)
Find out about her at //www.youtube.com/channel/UCSF5mJTarQx3ER3MhiR5QoQ
In this episode, Rob and Andrew puzzle over black hats, mixed fruit and how to get into a football match. Or not. One of them takes a trip to Barnard Castle as they welcome special guest Sarah Leppard who is an optometrist. Or maybe optician. You'll have to listen and make up your own mind.
In this special edition of Puzzling Maths, Rob and Andrew give over a rather large percentage of their minutes to Anna Foster, co-presenter of BBC Radio 5 Live Drive.
She talks candidly about maths, what maths she uses in her work, how it is used by politicians, and much more.
Oh - and unsurprisingly - there are puzzles too.
Given that this is only episode 2 of Puzzling Maths, there is a 50% chance that it may well be the best episode Rob and Andrew have ever recorded.
It's definitely in the top two, at least.
We have more puzzles, the answer to last episode's date teaser, and some further fascinating maths from the real world, including darts, cricket, cycling and algorithms.
This, as the name suggests, was the very first episode (which partially explains why it sounds as though it was recorded in a broom cupboard), in which we introduce ourselves and why we started the Puzzling Maths podcast. We discuss a surprising application of Fibonacci numbers, and talk to special guest Shannon Fairchild about her experiences of maths at school and in the workplace.