math http://nhpr.org en 5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra http://nhpr.org/post/51414-internet-not-killing-religion-years-celebrities-and-female-viagra <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 +0000 Word of Mouth 48483 at http://nhpr.org 5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra How STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO] http://nhpr.org/post/how-stem-became-buzzword-decade-video <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 +0000 Sara Plourde & Emily Corwin 48120 at http://nhpr.org How STEM Became The 'Buzzword Of The Decade' [VIDEO] 3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence http://nhpr.org/post/31114-probablility-miracle-who-owns-selfie-measuring-personal-intelligence <p></p><p>We’ve all heard it all before: &nbsp;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&nbsp;</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&nbsp;</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 +0000 Word of Mouth 44855 at http://nhpr.org 3.11.14: The Probablility Of A Miracle, Who Owns A Selfie & Measuring Personal Intelligence Naked Statistics (Rebroadcast) http://nhpr.org/post/naked-statistics-rebroadcast <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 +0000 Laura Knoy 33728 at http://nhpr.org Naked Statistics (Rebroadcast) Five Great Moments In Math...In Movies http://nhpr.org/post/five-great-moments-mathin-movies <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 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 28322 at http://nhpr.org Five Great Moments In Math...In Movies UNH Mathematician Stuns The Math Elite http://nhpr.org/post/unh-mathematician-stuns-math-elite <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 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28312 at http://nhpr.org UNH Mathematician Stuns The Math Elite Getting Smarter About Statistics http://nhpr.org/post/getting-smarter-about-statistics <p>Math has had a good run. Its virtues were extolled during the presidential debates and in endless news stories calculated fiscal scenarios.&nbsp; 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&nbsp;from Wall Street to the dugout to your insurance rates are woefully misunderstood. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:54:55 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20255 at http://nhpr.org Getting Smarter About Statistics Solving Our Math Problems http://nhpr.org/post/solving-our-math-problems <p>The latest round of international testing shows mediocre results for American students, compared with many other countries.&nbsp; 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 +0000 Laura Knoy 18680 at http://nhpr.org Solving Our Math Problems