Episode published: 10/08/21
In episode #32, INI’s Dan Aspel and Christie Marr are joined by Alex Kontorovic. A professor of mathematics at Rutgers University, Alex is also the 2020-21 distinguished visiting professor for the public dissemination of mathematics at MoMath (or, put more formally, the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City), a Scientific Board Member of Quanta magazine, and a passionate communicator of his subject.
00:00 – Introduction
00:32 – Welcome
02:12 – A history of communicating maths – if you’re doing outreach, are you a real researcher?
10:04 – Why has maths always struggled for the spotlight?
14:05 – Working with Quanta magazine, inspiration for the young
27:00 – All about MoMath (and square-wheeled bikes)
36:38 – Current research interests… number theory
45:30 – Farewell (and tea-time)
Professor Alex Kontorovic joins the podcast to talk about New York’s award-winning MoMath, Quanta magazine, communicating mathematics and inspiring the young
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