Interviews with mathematicians about their new books.

David J. Hand, "Dark Data: Why What You Don't Know Matters" (Princeton UP, 2020)

July 8, 2024

Dark Data

David J. Hand
Hosted by Cory Brunson

There is no shortage of books on the growing impact of data collection and analysis on our societies, our cultures, and our everyday lives. David Hand…

Ann Johnson and Johannes Lenhard, "Cultures of Prediction: How Engineering and Science Evolve with Mathematical Tools" (MIT Press, 2024)

June 24, 2024

Cultures of Prediction

Ann Johnson and Johannes Lenhard
Hosted by Nikki Stevens

A probing examination of the dynamic history of predictive methods and values in science and engineering that helps us better understand today's cultu…

Paulina Rowinska, "Mapmatics: How We Navigate the World Through Numbers" (Pan Macmillan, 2024)

June 19, 2024


Paulina Rowinska
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

How does a delivery driver distribute hundreds of packages in a single working day? Why does remote Alaska have such a large airport? Where should we …

David S. Richeson, "Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity" (Princeton UP, 2019)

May 28, 2024

Tales of Impossibility

David S. Richeson
Hosted by Jim Stein

David S. Richeson's book Tales of Impossibility: The 2000-Year Quest to Solve the Mathematical Problems of Antiquity (Princeton University Press, 2019…

Thomas A. Garrity, "All the Math You Missed (But Need to Know for Graduate School)" (Cambridge UP, 2021)

May 10, 2024

All the Math You Missed

Thomas A. Garrity
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Graduate students in many programs besides mathematics will need to be familiar with the methods and results of a variety of mathematical topics. Just…

Kevin Lambert, "Symbols and Things: Material Mathematics in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2021)

April 15, 2024

Symbols and Things

Kevin Lambert
Hosted by Cory Brunson

The stereotype of the solitary mathematician is widespread, but practicing users and producers of mathematics know well that our work depends heavily …

Ismar Volić, "Making Democracy Count: How Mathematics Improves Voting, Electoral Maps, and Representation" (Princeton UP, 2024)

February 1, 2024

Making Democracy Count

Ismar Volić
Hosted by Mark Klobas

What's the best way to determine what most voters want when multiple candidates are running? What's the fairest way to allocate legislative seats to d…

Barbara Sattler, "The Concept of Motion in Ancient Greek Thought: Foundations in Logic, Method, and Mathematics" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

August 28, 2023

The Concept of Motion in Ancient Greek Thought

Barbara Sattler

Barbara M. Sattler's book The Concept of Motion in Ancient Greek Thought: Foundations in Logic, Method, and Mathematics (Cambridge UP, 2020) examines …

Lawrence Goldman, "Victorians and Numbers: Statistics and Society in Nineteenth Century Britain" (Oxford UP, 2022)

August 25, 2023

Victorians and Numbers

Lawrence Goldman

A defining feature of nineteenth-century Britain was its fascination with statistics. The processes that made Victorian society, including the growth …

The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us

July 4, 2023

The Outer Limits of Reason

Noson S. Yanofsky
Hosted by MIT Press

Many books explain what is known about the universe. This book investigates what cannot be known. Rather than exploring the amazing facts that science…

Turing’s Vision: The Birth of Computer Science

June 9, 2023

Turing’s Vision

Chris Bernhardt
Hosted by MIT Press

In 1936, when he was just twenty-four years old, Alan Turing wrote a remarkable paper in which he outlined the theory of computation, laying out the i…

Athene Donald, "Not Just for the Boys: Why We Need More Women in Science" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 7, 2023

Not Just for the Boys

Athene Donald

Why are girls discouraged from doing science? Why do so many promising women leave science in early and mid-career? Why do women not prosper in the sc…

Justin L. Bergner, "Solving the Price Is Right: How Mathematics Can Improve Your Decisions On and Off the Set of America's Celebrated Game Show" (Prometheus Books, 2023)

April 19, 2023

Solving the Price Is Right

Justin L. Bergner
Hosted by Jim Stein

The Price is Right is television's longest-running game show. Since its inception in 1956, contestants have won cars, tropical vacations, diamond jewe…

Shelly M. Jones, "Women Who Count: Honoring African American Women Mathematicians" (American Mathematical Society, 2019)

April 16, 2023

Women Who Count

Shelly M. Jones
Hosted by Cory Brunson

African-Americans and women are increasingly visible in professional mathematical institutions, organizations, and literature, expanding our mental mo…

Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire and A Prime Number Conspiracy

April 14, 2023

Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire and A Prime Number Conspiracy

Thomas Lin
Hosted by MIT Press

On this episode of the MIT Press podcast, Thomas Lin, Editor-in-Chief of Quanta Magazine, discusses the research and current climate behind the scienc…

Jeffrey Carpenter and Andrea Robbett, "Game Theory and Behavior" (MIT Press, 2022)

January 14, 2023

Game Theory and Behavior

Jeffrey Carpenter and Andrea Robbett
Hosted by Peter Lorentzen

Jeffrey Carpenter and Andrea Robbett's book Game Theory and Behavior (MIT Press, 2022) is an introduction to game theory that offers not only theoreti…

James D. Stein, "Seduced by Mathematics: The Enduring Fascination of Mathematics" (World Scientific, 2022)

December 19, 2022

Seduced by Mathematics

James D. Stein
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Seduction is not just an end result, but a process -- and in mathematics, both the end results and the process by which those end results are achieved…

John Allen Paulos, "Who's Counting?: Who's Counting?: Uniting Numbers and Narratives with Stories from Pop Culture, Puzzles, Politics, and More" (Prometheus, 2022)

December 18, 2022

Who's Counting?

John Allen Paulos
Hosted by Jim Stein

Innumeracy, by John Allen Paulos, was first published in 1988. In it the author brilliantly highlighted many of the sorry truths those of us who teach…

Alfred S. Posamentier, "The Secret Lives of Numbers: Numerals and Their Peculiarities in Mathematics and Beyond" (Prometheus Books, 2022)

November 23, 2022

The Secret Lives of Numbers

Alfred S. Posamentier
Hosted by Jim Stein

Alfred S. Posamentier's The Secret Lives of Numbers: Numerals and Their Peculiarities in Mathematics and Beyond (Prometheus Books, 2022) is the first …


November 22, 2022


Justin Joque and Júlia Irion Martins

In this episode of High Theory, Justin Joque talks with Júlia Irion Martins about Probability. This conversation is part of our High Theory in STEM se…