Breaking Math Podcast

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Breaking Math is a podcast that aims to make math accessible to everyone, and make it enjoyable. Every other week, topics such as chaos theory, forbidden formulas, and more will be covered in detail. If you have 45 or so minutes to spare, you're almost guaranteed to learn something new!

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Recent Episodes
  • 81: Correct. Now Try Again (Multiple Approaches to the Same Problem)
    Jul 24, 2023 – 37:39
  • 80: Physical Dimension (Dimensional Analysis)
    Jun 26, 2023 – 35:37
  • 79: 1 2 3 (Counting)
    Jun 8, 2023 – 47:18
  • 78: Perpetual Notion (Entropy and Thermodynamics)
    May 9, 2023 – 31:56
  • 77: An Interview with Christopher Roblesz of MathNMore
    Feb 28, 2023 – 53:30
  • 76: Joule Pay for This! (Energy)
    Jan 15, 2023 – 01:06:31
  • 75: Existential Physics with Sabine Hossenfelder (Author Interview)
    Oct 13, 2022 – 42:29
  • 74: Lights, Camera, Action! (3D Computer Graphics: Part I)
    Jun 19, 2022 – 43:00
  • 73: Materialism: a Material Science Podcast Podcast Episode (Interview with Taylor Sparks)
    May 28, 2022 – 55:56
  • 72: The Lifestyles of the Mathematical and Famous (an Interview with Author Robert Black)
    May 15, 2022 – 50:39
  • 71: What's the Matter? An Interview with Chris Cogswell of the Mad Scientist Podcast (Material Science)
    Apr 12, 2022 – 55:53
  • 70.1: Episode 70.1 of Breaking Math Podcast (Self-Reference)
    Mar 20, 2022 – 47:31
  • 70: This Episode Intentionally Left Blank
    Mar 19, 2022 – 45:01
  • Season 4 Announcement (and a Rerun of Forbidden Formulas)
    Feb 20, 2022 – 01:00:55
  • Rerun of P1: Peano Addition
    Jan 27, 2022 – 34:59
  • 69: An Interview with Michael Brooks, Author of "The Art of More: How Mathematics Created Civilization"
    Jan 23, 2022 – 01:04:30
  • P12: O My God (Big O Notation)
    Jan 4, 2022 – 24:41
  • 68: LOL!!! SO RANDOM (Random Variables)
    Dec 23, 2021 – 36:41
  • 67: Wrath of Math (Mathematics Used Unwisely)
    Dec 9, 2021 – 22:54
  • P11: Feeling Lucky? (Probability and Intuition)
    Nov 30, 2021 – 33:46
  • 66: Hayhoe, Let's Go! (An Interview With Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe)
    Nov 21, 2021 – 01:14:02
  • P10: Chivalry is Dead (Knights and Knaves #1)
    Nov 14, 2021 – 23:03
  • 65: An Interview with Author Ian Stewart (Book About Everyday Math)
    Oct 24, 2021 – 49:10
  • 64: What Projection Is This? (Map Projections)
    Sep 29, 2021 – 48:44
  • RR36: The Most Boring Episode Ever (Rerun: Math Games)
    Sep 19, 2021 – 49:30
  • 63: Broken Voting Systems (Voting Systems and Paradoxes)
    Sep 5, 2021 – 33:53
  • 62: The Atom Bomb of Information Operations (An Interview with John Fuisz of Veriphix)
    Aug 22, 2021 – 45:32
  • RR38: The Great Stratagem Heist (Game Theory: Iterated Elimination of Dominated Strategies)
    May 23, 2021 – 32:49
  • 61: Look at this Graph! (Graph Theory)
    Apr 25, 2021 – 30:09
  • P9: Give or Take (Back-of-the-Envelope Estimates / Fermi Problems)
    Apr 19, 2021 – 31:38
  • 60: HAMILTON! [But Not the Musical] (Quaternions)
    Apr 3, 2021 – 29:24
  • 59: A Good Source of Fibers (Fiber Bundles)
    Mar 21, 2021 – 47:28
  • 58: Bringing Curvy Back (Gaussian Curvature)
    Mar 3, 2021 – 44:49
  • P8: Tangent Tango (Morikawa's Recently Solved Problem)
    Feb 25, 2021 – 22:57
  • P7: Root for Squares (Irrationality of the Square Root of Two)
    Feb 7, 2021 – 17:04
  • 57: You Said How Much?! (Measure Theory)
    Feb 1, 2021 – 33:07
  • P6: How Many Angles in a Circle? (Curvature; Euclidean Geometry)
    Jan 28, 2021 – 31:38
  • 56: More Sheep than You Can Count (Transfinite Cardinal Numbers)
    Jan 24, 2021 – 37:21
  • 55: Order in the Court (Transfinite Ordinal Numbers)
    Jan 14, 2021 – 34:36
  • 54: Oodles (Large Numbers)
    Dec 21, 2020 – 28:13
  • 53: Big Brain Time (An Interview with Peter Zeidman from the UCL Institute of Neurology)
    Dec 11, 2020 – 45:12
  • 52: Round (Circles and Spheres)
    Dec 5, 2020 – 31:57
  • P5: All Your Base Are Belong to Us (Fractional Base Proof)
    Nov 26, 2020 – 14:01
  • 51: Episode "-2,0,1" (Bases; Exotic Bases)
    Nov 15, 2020 – 35:20
  • 50: Episode "101" (Bases)
    Aug 31, 2020 – 44:56
    Jun 3, 2020 – 08:46
  • 49: Thinking Machines II (Techniques in Artificial Intelligence)
    May 26, 2020 – 56:55
  • 48: Thinking Machines (Philosophical Basis of Artificial Intelligence)
    May 18, 2020 – 58:58
  • P4: Go with the Flow (Conceptual Calculus: Related Rates of Change)
    Mar 10, 2020 – 37:48
  • 47: Blast to the Past (Retrocausality)
    Feb 29, 2020 – 31:23
Recent Reviews
  • frivolousjosh
    SO many ADs!
    Wow, I’m all for using advertising to monetize content, but the first five minutes was a deluge.
  • jackson7878
    Off topic
    When the hosts talk about actual math, the podcast is informative and interesting. When they begin speculating on non mathematical topics (elitism, human transcendentalism, etc) they quickly start sounding pretentious and uninformed. Overall the quality of content varies wildly from episode to episode based on topic.
  • zh@nzheng
    How can a podcast about math have two dudes who can’t properly pronounce the name of Kurt Godel??
  • thelessyouknow
    1 episode in but
    It’s great! Please keep it up. Love it. Listening to Feeling Lucky rn, probability and chance is so interesting.
  • super nova😍☺️
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  • Joshuausher
    Thanks, Universal Network Effect!
    I can’t believe I found this - quintessentially lending a session to each of the burgeoning questions I’ve spent the pandemic on a sojourn just to collect modicums of further clues into!
  • Prankin5
    Unique brilliance
    These two fellows have a wonderful and unique perspective on the philosophy of math and its role in the human and seeing how our history and many other facets. The information is very intriguing valuable and well packaged the banter is under matched. It’s not for the light hearted or fickle it does require one’s full attention and you may have to listen a few times to the podcast. Every time you do, you will learn something new, guaranteed.
  • johnnerbonner
    These guys have a lot of superfluous content. They need a good editor
  • KingsGuy08472
    NOWWW! lol
  • kennie7
    He just makes up facts.
  • Carneades
    Good math; some dumb comments
    This is a moderately interesting podcast with fair explanations given an audio format. But when they comment on other things (cults, elitism ) they can be somewhat clueless. One guy is real smart, the other isn’t. In their attempts to present the material at a beginning high school level much of what they present is so diluted as to be purely metaphorical.
  • mallorymunoz's teaparty
    I’m gonna agree with the last guy who said “painful” noting to the host stumbling through a question for 2 minutes only to allow guest a few words before being interrupted. Though that response was a bit of a roast, I do agree with the premise of it. Seems like the host is like rushing is there a time limit for pod casts or something? But this pod cast is cool
  • coops222223457
    Listening to the host stumble through a question for 30 seconds to allow the guest a 2 word answer before interrupting. The remainder of the show seems to be discussing what’s “coming up” on the show
  • Windubitably
    Episode 1 was painful
    Mostly, the volume needs to be consistent. The voices constantly change from too low to too high, so that as I adjust volume for one speaker, I have to adjust for another. I really wanted to keep listening, but it was too frustrating. Also, there were other minor things that annoyed me, but it feels petty to write then all out. I’ll try another, and update my review if my interest improves.
  • JediMaster14
    Make more episodes!!!
    Your podcasts is freaking amazing! 💜 the fact I am learning something after each episode. Please comeback and record more!
  • Peanut_Butter_Lover
    Informative and Interesting
    I love the combination of the hosts specialties. One host studied computer science and the other studied electrical engineering. I studied computer engineering so it’s really nice to learn aspects of math from both of those perspectives.
  • ne405
    Very intresting and patatable for your casual layman
    I really like that they go very deep into various subjects while making it easy for the listeners to understand. Bacca's breadth of knowledge makes it never boring to listen to, I also really enjoy listening to amy lin.
  • Lead-Carbonate
    An exceptional, accessible math podcast.
    Think you know what math really is? If high school and maybe some early college math is all you got, think again!
  • JulMar281982
    A bit drawn out. . .
    Particularly with the interview of the developer of, there are numerous studies that demonstrate the negative influence of using external rewards to manipulate children into accomplishing whatever tasks. Interestingly, his last words about the state should be applied to himself and what he is doing with Mathbot. I have no objection to the software itself — only the promulgation of rewards. Of course there are instances when rewards can be used and are effective, but to paint in broad strokes, this way of using rewards does not aid in child psychoeducational development.
  • Hr paperstaks
    The show for math geeks
    As a recent graduate in math i have to say this show is perfect. They cover the math behind such interesting subjects, some of which i hadn't much thought of as related to math at all. They explain them in layman’s terms as best as possible but they also go through the real mathematics and equations behind them as well. If you love math, you wont be disappointed.
  • math minor
    Easy to understand
    I minored in mathematics... O do I wish I knew about this show then Johnathan and Gabriel break things down so well. They also give great examples of topography which Was a struggle (my only failed class in college)
  • Arbinger
    Fun Show, Too Quiet
    Can you please release louder episodes? It's a fun show, and I enjoy listening and learning, but the volume is so quiet typically that I have to crank my phone's and headphone's volume all the way up just to hope to hear it. And then when the next show starts, my ears get blown out.
  • I'm on Fire!
    Beautifully Articulated
    I’m a college sophomore studying physics, so I study a lot of math in my day to day life. But that being said; I miss a lot of the interesting sides of math. This podcast covers what I already know well without becoming boring, as well as what I don’t know without going over my head. In other words: it has something for everyone.
  • JeremyCorbyn
    Utterly Maddening
    It’s pronounced Gur-del, not Go-del.
  • Ivana Haffun
    Math IS beautiful!
    Thank you for making available this podcast. Very exciting for this math layperson!
  • Music man444
    Math podcasts are tough. THIS IS THE BEST
    Finding good math podcasts by virtue of the topic is very challenging. At least it is to me. I have finally found one that strikes the perfect balance both in terms of sophistication and comprehension. I'm sure I will be bringing on them now short order. The good news is that everytime you review a podcast you learn something new.
  • nickmacie
    Absolutely fantastic.
    They break down mathematical concepts in a way that anyone with an interest can understand them. Has quickly become one of my favorite shows.
  • Nosliwhtes
    The most lit math podcast around
    It's such a relief to have folks like Jonathan and Gabriel bringing layman consumable math topics in this format. I listen on my commutes to and from work and it makes the day go by just that much faster! Great show.
  • ARpurple
    This is awesome!
    I never learned how to understand or analyze math correctly (thanks public education). Now, I am trying to correct that and bring more math into my life. This podcast is so interesting and very well explained, keep up the good work!
  • fevkalade11
    A real original show
    Love science podcasts and these hosts do a great job of breaking down super-hard concepts.
  • TropicCyclone
    Love it
    I love that they take complex ideas and dont obscure them with a ton of jargon that is off putting
  • Film Roast Podcast
    Breaking Math is a Blast!
    Are you into math or theory? This may be your next favorite podcast. Wow. I've been listening for a couple episodes and I already feel like I've learned so much. The audio quality is great and the two hosts really hold their own with the research they do. They did the impossible: They've made math fun!
  • Pavel Dudrenov
    Great podcast to pass the time
    I'm really glad that this podcast exists! The podcast is fun to listen, the production quality is good and these guys explain concepts very clearly. I really hope that they continue producing it for a long time to come.
  • ATown1802
    Not your father's mathematics
    Didn't realize math could actually be exciting/funny/beautiful.. wish my high school math teachers knew about this!
  • Wifiguy86
    By far my new favorite podcast
    Great minds come together and explain the beauty of mathematics in a way that is simple and easy to understand. They go over everything from math in history and it's place in the esoteric underground of ancient human civilization all the way to common theory and math in our daily lives. I give it π thumbs up!
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