About Cory Brunson

Cory Brunson is an Assistant Professor at the Laboratory for Systems Medicine at the University of Florida. His research focuses on geometric and topological approaches to the analysis of medical and healthcare data. He welcomes book suggestions, listener feedback, and transparent supply chains.

Cory Brunson is an Assistant Professor at the Laboratory for Systems Medicine at the University of Florida. His research focuses on geometric and topological approaches to the analysis of medical and healthcare data.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Cory:

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 …

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…

Peter Winkler, "Mathematical Puzzles" (A K Peters, 2020)

August 23, 2022

Mathematical Puzzles

Peter Winkler
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Peter Winkler has been collecting mathematical puzzles since childhood. He has had published two previous collections, and recently he compiled his la…

Mindy Capaldi, "Teaching Mathematics Through Games" (American Mathematical Society, 2021)

May 10, 2022

Teaching Mathematics Through Games

Mindy Capaldi
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Games are an established aide in pre-college mathematics education. Meanwhile, innumerable popular books have investigated the mathematics of games. I…

Sarah Brayne, "Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing" (Oxford UP, 2020)

March 4, 2022

Predict and Surveil

Sarah Brayne
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Police use of advanced data collection and analysis technologies—or, "big data policing"—continues to receive both positive and negative attention thr…

Brian Cafarella, "Breaking Barriers: Student Success in Community College Mathematics" (A K Peters, 2021)

February 1, 2022

Breaking Barriers

Brian Cafarella
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Students' success in mathematics at community colleges has been the subject of thorough quantitative research, which has reported poor overall results…

Thomas Huckle and Tobias Neckel, "Bits and Bugs: A Scientific and Historical Review of Software Failures in Computational Science" (SIAM, 2019)

January 17, 2022

Bits and Bugs

Thomas Huckle and Tobias Neckel
Hosted by Cory Brunson

A true understanding of the pervasive role of software in the world demands an awareness of the volume and variety of real-world software failures and…

James Wynn and G. Mitchell Reyes, "Arguing with Numbers: The Intersections of Rhetoric and Mathematics" (Pennsylvania State UP, 2021)

December 7, 2021

Arguing with Numbers

James Wynn and G. Mitchell Reyes
Hosted by Cory Brunson

One pervasive stereotype about mathematics is that it is objective, unbiased, or otherwise exempt from the influence of human passions. James Wynn and…

Vicky Neale, "Why Study Mathematics?" (London Publishing Partnership, 2020)

November 5, 2021

Why Study Mathematics?

Vicky Neale
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Students and their families face a consequential choice in whether to pursue a degree, and in what area. For those considering mathematics programs, t…

Chris Bleakley, "Poems That Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms" (Oxford UP, 2020)

September 27, 2021

Poems That Solve Puzzles

Chris Bleakley
Hosted by Cory Brunson

As algorithms become ever more significant to and embedded in our everyday lives, ever more accessible introductions to them are needed. While several…

Rachel Steinig and Rodi Steinig, "Math Renaissance: Growing Math Circles, Changing Classrooms, and Creating Sustainable Math Education" (Natural Math, 2018)

August 26, 2021

Math Renaissance

Rachel Steinig and Rodi Steinig
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Math Renaissance: Growing Math Circles, Changing Classrooms, and Creating Sustainable Math Education (Natural Math, 2018) couples two educational memo…

James Ladyman and K. Wiesner, "What Is a Complex System?" (Yale UP, 2020)

July 30, 2021

What Is a Complex System?

James Ladyman and K. Wiesner
Hosted by Cory Brunson

While i find it pretty easy to recognize when i'm reading articles in complexity science, i've never been satisfied by definitions of complexity and r…

Ellen Peters, "Innumeracy in the Wild: Misunderstanding and Misusing Numbers" (Oxford UP, 2020)

May 31, 2021

Innumeracy in the Wild

Ellen Peters
Hosted by Cory Brunson

To many mathematicians and math enthusiasts, the word "innumeracy" brings to mind popular writing like that of John Allen Paulos. But inequities in ou…

Dave Auckly, et al., "Inspiring Mathematics: Lessons from the Navajo Nation Math Circles" (AMS, 2019)

April 27, 2021

Inspiring Mathematics

Dave Auckly, Bob Klein, Amanda Serenevy, Tatiana Shubin
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Math circles defy simple narratives. The model was introduced a century ago, and is taking off in the present day thanks in part to its congruence wit…

Snezana Lawrence, "A New Year's Present from a Mathematician" (CRC Press, 2019)

January 8, 2021

A New Year's Present from a Mathematician

Snezana Lawrence
Hosted by Cory Brunson

It would be simple enough to say that mathematics is being done, and that those who do it are mathematicians. Yet, the history and culture of the math…

James D. Stein, "The Fate of Schrodinger's Cat: Using Math and Computers to Explore the Counterintuitive" (World Scientific, 2020)

December 7, 2020

The Fate of Schrodinger's Cat

James D. Stein
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Math has a complicated relationship with the counterintuitive: Rigorous logic, calculation, and simulation can both help us wrap our minds around phen…

Anna Weltman, "Supermath: The Power of Numbers for Good and Evil" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020)

December 1, 2020


Anna Weltman
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Mathematics as a subject is distinctive in its symbolic abstraction and its potential for logical and computational rigor. But mathematicians tend to …

Susan D'Agostino, "How to Free Your Inner Mathematician: Notes on Mathematics and Life" (Oxford UP, 2020)

September 29, 2020

How to Free Your Inner Mathematician

Susan D'Agostino
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Doing mathematics can be stimulating, deep, and sometimes fantastic. It can also be frustrating, impenetrable, and at times dispiriting. In her new co…

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

September 4, 2020

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…

B. Fong and D. I. Spivak, "An Invitation to Applied Category Theory: Seven Sketches in Compositionality" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

July 8, 2020

An Invitation to Applied Category Theory

Brendan Fong and David I. Spivak
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Category theory is well-known for abstraction—concepts and tools from diverse fields being recognized as specific cases of more foundational structure…

sarah-marie belcastro, "Discrete Mathematics with Ducks" (CRC Press, 2018)

May 29, 2020

Discrete Mathematics with Ducks (Second Edition)

sarah-marie belcastro
Hosted by Cory Brunson

Introductory courses in discrete mathematics cover a variety of distinctive but interconnected topics, from the underpinnings of logic and set theory …

Maureen T. Carroll and Elyn Rykken, "Geometry: The Line and the Circle" (MAA Press, 2018)

February 26, 2020


Maureen T. Carroll and Elyn Rykken
Hosted by Cory Brunson

From an undergraduate perspective, coming from the rigid proofs and concrete constructions of middle- or high-school courses, the broad discipline of …

David Lindsay Roberts, "Republic of Numbers: Unexpected Stories of Mathematical Americans through History" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)

October 17, 2019

Republic of Numbers

David Lindsay Roberts
Hosted by Cory Brunson

The institutional history of mathematics in the United States comprises several entangled traditions—military, civil, academic, industrial—each of whi…

Davide Crippa, "The Impossibility of Squaring the Circle in the 17th Century" (Birkhäuser, 2019)

August 28, 2019

The Impossibility of Squaring the Circle in the 17th Century

Davide Crippa
Hosted by Cory Brunson

From 1667 to 1676, a pivotal controversy played out among several mathematical luminaries of the time, partly in the proceedings of the Royal Society …