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enhttp://nhpr.org/feeds/term/3456/rss.xmlGranite Geek: Was Math Discovered or Invented?
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<p>Here’s a philosophical question for you: was math invented or was it discovered?</p>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 14:27:59 +0000Peter Biello & Cordelia Zars92208 at http://nhpr.orgGranite Geek: Was Math Discovered or Invented?4.05.16: Numeric Personalities, Tipping Tendencies, & Botox for Depression
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<p>Why is six scared of seven?<em> Because seven, eight, nine. </em>Jokes like this are only one example of the ways that we humans like to assign personality traits to the numbers that dictate our world. Today, we explore this seemingly universal tendency to create emotional associations with numbers. </p><p>Then, is tipping culturally determined?<em> Freakonomics </em>investigates the nuances of tipping in the United States with the help of Cornell professor <strong>Michael Lynn</strong>.</p><p>Plus, Botox is well known for freezing the faces of many a Hollywood starlet, but how about freezing out negative emotions? We hear from journalist<strong> Taffy Brodesser-Akner </strong>about how Botox is being used to treat depression.</p><p>Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:18:15 +0000Word of Mouth52304 at http://nhpr.org4.05.16: Numeric Personalities, Tipping Tendencies, & Botox for DepressionGranite Geek: Could the Most Vexing Math Problems in History Get Solved in Peterborough?
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<p>The town of Peterborough has quietly become the administrative headquarters of the Clay Mathematics Institute, the nonprofit organization that’s seeking answers to seven of the problems that mathematicians have been wrestling with for years. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he prize for solving any one of these problems is $1 million. B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut how did it end up in Peterborough, New Hampshire? <a href="http://granitegeek.org"><em>Concord Monitor </em></a>reporter David Brooks spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello. </span></p><p></p>Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:53:05 +0000Peter Biello83881 at http://nhpr.orgGranite Geek: Could the Most Vexing Math Problems in History Get Solved in Peterborough?From 'A Beautiful Mind' to 'A Christmas Story': The Best Movies About Breaking Codes
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<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cryptography is a complex field of mathematics that gets more complicated every day, and yet movies that feature ciphers, code breaking and puzzles that would break the minds of most math students make cryptography seem quick and easy</span>. </p><p>Here are five movies that feature code breaking and manage to make math seem more magical than logical.</p><p><strong><em>The Imitation Game</em></strong></p>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:55:22 +0000Logan Shannon80953 at http://nhpr.orgFrom 'A Beautiful Mind' to 'A Christmas Story': The Best Movies About Breaking CodesGranite Geek: The Math That Made M.C. Escher-Mania Run Wild
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<p><a href="http://www.mcescher.com/" target="_blank">M.C. Escher</a> has been all over Manchester lately (or, at least, his work has been). The Currier Museum of Art has been <a href="http://www.currier.org/exhibitions/mc-escher-reality-and-illusion/" target="_blank">featuring Escher in an exhibit that runs through January 5<sup>th</sup></a>.Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:54:05 +0000Brady Carlson59566 at http://nhpr.orgGranite Geek: The Math That Made M.C. Escher-Mania Run WildUNH Math Professor Receives 2014 MacArthur 'Genius' Award After Prime Number Discovery
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<p>He says he may just give the $625,000 award to his wife. </p><p></p><p>Yitang<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Zhang, a professor of analytic number theory at the University of New Hampshire, is one of 21 </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">artists, scholars and professionals </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant this year. </span></p>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:08:30 +0000Emily Corwin55577 at http://nhpr.orgUNH Math Professor Receives 2014 MacArthur 'Genius' Award After Prime Number Discovery5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra
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<p>Over the past 25 years, the percentage of people with no religious affiliation has more than doubled, at the same time, the internet has been widely embraced. Coincidence? Today on Word of Mouth: does the internet spell the fall of religion? Or is it more of a correlation than a cause? Plus, we peruse the new release section of the bookstore and notice a trend, C<em>atastrophe 1914</em>, <em>1914: History in an Hour</em>, <em>1914: Fight the Good Fight.</em> A look into the downside of treating years as celebrities.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p>Wed, 14 May 2014 17:55:55 +0000Word of Mouth48483 at http://nhpr.org5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female ViagraHow STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO]
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<p>If it seems like, these days, everyone is talking about STEM - that now common acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs - it's because they are.</p><p>In this animated two-way, we take a look at what the push for STEM means for the state - from our public university system, to the State House, and through the business community - and for students.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Deg4t2NixXY" width="520"></iframe></p>Thu, 08 May 2014 05:56:50 +0000Sara Plourde & Emily Corwin48120 at http://nhpr.orgHow STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO]3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence
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<p></p><p>We’ve all heard it all before: Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. That was a one in a million shot! It’s a miracle! But is there any truth behind these sayings?</p><p>Today on Word of Mouth: improbability…it’s more common than you think.</p><p>Plus, Ellen’s star-studded Oscar selfie has been retweeted over three <em>million</em> times, setting a new record for twitter shares. Ellen may have posted it, but Bradley Cooper snapped the photo. We’re going to look into who exactly owns the rights to the now iconic pic.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and click </span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read More </strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">for individual segments!</span></p><p>Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:15:04 +0000Word of Mouth44855 at http://nhpr.org3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal IntelligenceNaked Statistics (Rebroadcast)
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<p>Statistics without the struggle: In a new book, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan explains how to make sense of the proliferation of data in this digital age, a task he calls “fascinating” and even “fun”! Wheelan also points out the pitfalls, how research can be skewed by biased parties. We’ll study up on the state of statistics.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Charles Wheelan - </strong> Professor at Dartmouth College, author of the international best-seller <em>Naked Economics</em> and the new <em>Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data</em></li></ul>Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000Laura Knoy33728 at http://nhpr.orgNaked Statistics (Rebroadcast)Five Great Moments In Math...In Movies
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<p><a href="http://www.nhpr.org/post/unh-mathematician-stuns-math-elite">The huge breakthrough</a> in math that came from the brain of a relative unknown in mathematics got us thinking about the way math genius has been portrayed in pop culture.</p><p>It didn't take a genius to come up with this prime number...our top five moments in math...in movies.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>5. Little Man Tate upstages the "mathemagician," proving that a child prodigy can, sadly, be over the genius hill.</p>Tue, 28 May 2013 15:23:49 +0000Rebecca Lavoie28322 at http://nhpr.orgFive Great Moments In Math...In MoviesUNH Mathematician Stuns The Math Elite
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<p>Yitang Zhang has been lecturing in the <a href="http://www.unh.edu/news/releases/2013/may/bp16zhang.cfm" target="_blank">Department of Mathematics at UNH</a> for the past decade. And for the past three years, in between lesson plans and lectures, he’s been trying to solve one of the math world’s most vexing mysteries: <a href="https://www.simonsfoundation.org/features/science-news/unheralded-mathematician-bridges-the-prime-gap/" target="_blank">the twin prime conjecture</a>. Two weeks ago, his hard work paid off. Here to discuss the proof and what it might mean for us is <a href="http://www.math.wisc.edu/~ellenber/" target="_blank"><strong>Jordan Ellenberg</strong></a>, a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. He <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/do_the_math/2013/05/yitang_zhang_twin_primes_conjecture_a_huge_discovery_about_prime_numbers.single.html" target="_blank">wrote about professor Zhang’s</a> meteoric rise to math celebrity for slate.com.</p><p>Tue, 28 May 2013 14:25:02 +0000Virginia Prescott28312 at http://nhpr.orgUNH Mathematician Stuns The Math Elite Getting Smarter About Statistics
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<p>Math has had a good run. Its virtues were extolled during the presidential debates and in endless news stories calculated fiscal scenarios. New York Times <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/06/help_us_nate_silver/" target="_blank">blogger Nate Silver </a>was pilloried by math, then vindicated. Still, mathematics and the data-driven statistics that guide decisions from Wall Street to the dugout to your insurance rates are woefully misunderstood. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:54:55 +0000Virginia Prescott20255 at http://nhpr.orgGetting Smarter About StatisticsSolving Our Math Problems
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<p>The latest round of international testing shows mediocre results for American students, compared with many other countries. Meanwhile, states including New Hampshire are adopting a more rigorous approach, and the Granite State is also considering more math coursework in high school. We’ll explore what’s in store for math students.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p>Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000Laura Knoy18680 at http://nhpr.orgSolving Our Math Problems