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The Longest Continuous Human Thought: A Look At Mathematics

Akash Kataruka
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It’s been a while since we’ve done a math show. So this hour, some discussion of just what mathematics even is in the first place.

Plus, some news from the world of math: A look at three landmark papers bridging the gap between quantum physics and formal mathematics.

And: the low-dimensional topology of… knitting.


  • Sabetta Matsumoto - A theoretical physicist and applied mathematician at Georgia Tech, where she leads The Matsumoto Group studying the geometry of materials
  • Alec Wilkinson - Staff writer at The New Yorker
  • Charlie Wood - Contributing writer to Quanta Magazine

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this conversation.

Jonathan started at WNPR in 2010. He is as likely to produce a show on America’s jury system as he is a story on all the grossest parts of the human body. He's as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on WNPR’s talk shows and news magazines.
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