Episode published 20/09/22
In episode #45 of Living Proof, Dan Aspel and Christie Marr are thrilled to meet Ben Sparks and Katie Steckles. Ben is a mathematician, musician and speaker based at the University of Bath who works with groups as diverse as the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme and the hugely popular Numberphile YouTube channel. Katie, meanwhile, is a mathematician and communicator who lectures at Sheffield Hallam University and is regularly found presenting entertaining and insightful talks everywhere from science festivals to schools and theatres to BBC radio and TV.
As they often work together, these two experienced explainers and explorers of mathematics have much advice and insight to offer to the listener.
00:00 – Introduction
00:47 – Welcome
01:23 – About Katie
02:48 – About Ben
04:40 – Their work together
09:44 – Working remotely as a speaker and communicator, the pros and cons
14:20 – Specific advice on kit and equipment for communicating maths
22:40 – Is there something unique about communicating maths?
36:10 – Personal highlights of current work
46:00 – What to do when things go wrong: a mathematician’s “emergency toolkit”
53:00 – What does the future hold?
Maths communicators Ben Sparks and Katie Steckles share the tricks of their trade and explain how to make maths fascinating.
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