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Being Knotty

Colin C. Adams talks about knot theory. Hear more...

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Going Back to the Beginning

Edward Witten talks about math and physics. Hear more...

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Exploiting a Little-Known Force

Lydia Bourouiba talks about her work involving surface tension. Hear more...

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Scheduling Sports

Michael Trick talks about making schedules and the math involved. Hear more...

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Unifying Diverse Cities

Luís M.A. Bettencourt on how math connects the characteristics of many cities. Hear more...

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Making an Attitude Adjustment

Repositioning spacecraft, including a great story about a master's thesis. Hear more...

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Getting Inside Your Head

Van Wedeen talks about the structure of the brain's communication pathways. Hear more...

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Thinking Outside the Box Score

Muthu Alagappan talks about using topology to analyze basketball. Hear more...

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Working Up a Lather

The math of bubbles with James Sethian and Frank Morgan. Hear more...

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Freeing Up Architecture

Math's role in the design of modern structures. Hear more...

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Finding Friends

How math is used to understand networks. Hear more...

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Catching and Releasing

What does math have to do with juggling? Find out...

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Forecasting Crime

How does math help curb crime? Find out...

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Putting the Auto in Automobile

How does math figure in to cars and intersections of the future? Find out...

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Getting a Handle on Obesity

How is math used to analyze the worldwide obesity epidemic? Hear More...

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Being on the Cutting Edge

Hear how math is used to find good cuts of gemstones. Hear More...

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Keeping Things in Focus

Hear about uses of the curves called conic sections. Hear More...

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Harnessing Wind Power

Hear how math helps design wind turbines. Hear More...

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Keeping the Beat

Hear how math helps analyze heart rhythms. Hear More...

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Sustaining the Supply Chain

Hear how math helps keep supplies moving in a disaster. Hear More...

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Answering the Question, and Vice Versa

Hear how math helped create Watson, winner of the *Jeopardy!* Challenge. Hear More...

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Sounding the Alarm

Hear how math is used to help warn about tsunamis. Hear More...

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Putting Another Cork in It

ESPN’s *Sport Science* called on math prof Tim Chartier and former math major Daniel Martin to see if a *triple cork* was possible. Hear them talk about their investigation. Hear More...

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Assigning Seats

Jennifer Wilson talks about determining the size of state delegations in the U.S. House of Representatives Hear More...

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Knowing Rogues

Listen to Walter Craig talk about rogue waves. Hear More...

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Creating Something out of (Next to) Nothing

Emmanuel Candès speaks about the exciting new field of compressed sensing. Hear More...

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Getting at the Truth

Patrick Ball talks about his work investigating human rights abuses. Hear More...

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Predicting Climate

Juan Meza talks about the many ways math is used to understand climate change. Hear More...

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Resisting the Spread of Disease

Mac Hyman talks about H1N1, the swine flu, "the first major pandemic of the century." Hear More...

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Analyzing Data

Robert Ghrist explains how topology helps make sense of large data sets. Hear More...

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Matching Vital Needs

Sommer Gentry explains how math can increase the number of living-donor kidney transplants and save lives. Hear More...

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Pulling Out (from) All the Stops

Hear Chris Solarz and Matt Ferrisi describe how they used graph theory to visit every New York subway stop in record time. Hear More...

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Working It Out

A math professor solves a mystery about the opening chord of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." Hear More...

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Improving Stents

Math improves the design and materials used for stents. Hear More...

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Restoring Genius

Uncovering and discovering lost works of Archimedes. Hear More...

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Steering Towards Efficiency

Math helps NASCAR vehicles, and yours, run effectively. Hear More...

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Getting It Together

Analyzing collective motion in animals. Hear More...

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Hearing a Master’s Voice

The spools of wire above contain the only known live recording of the legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. Hear More...

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Going with the Floes

A branch of mathematics called percolation theory helps explain how salt water travels through sea ice. Hear More...

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Bending It Like Bernoulli

Hear how computational fluid dynamics is used to analyze soccer kicks. Hear More...

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Predicting Storm Surge

Storm surge is often the most devastating part of a hurricane. Hear More...

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Targeting Tumors

Geometry, partial differential equations, and integer linear programming all allow doctors to inflict maximum damage to tumors. Hear More...

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Pinpointing Style

Mathematics is not just numbers and brute force calculation — there is considerable art and elegance to the subject. Hear More...

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Finding Fake Photos

Actually, they weren’t caught together at all — their images were put together with software. Hear More...

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Making movies come alive

Many movie animation techniques are based on mathematics. Hear More...

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Folding for Fun and Function

Origami paper folding may not seem like a subject for mathematical investigation or one with sophisticated applications. Hear More...

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Unearthing Power Lines

Votes are cast by the full membership in each house of Congress, but much of the important maneuvering occurs in committees. Hear More...

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Putting Music on the Map

A recent mathematical breakthrough uses topology to represent musical chords as points in a space called an orbifold. Hear More...

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Tripping the Light - Fantastic!

Invisibility is no longer confined to fiction. Hear More...

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Making Votes Count

The outcome of elections is often determined more by the voting procedure than by the votes themselves. Hear More...

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Describing the Oceans

Modeling El Ninõ. Hear More...