Leonard Euler
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This ten part history of mathematics reveals the personalities behind the calculations: the passions and rivalries of mathematicians struggling to get their ideas heard. Professor Marcus du Sautoy shows how these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world and proves that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.

Today, how the mathematics that Leonard Euler invented two hundred years ago has transformed the internet. Euler's solution to an eighteenth century conundrum paved the way for the search engines most of us use every day .

Producer: Anna Buckley.
Taylor Sparks and Andrew Falkowski
Episode 35: Spark Plasma Sintering
A look into Spark "Plasma" Sintering and why the name is a misnomer. Follow the history as it goes from Mayan jewelry making all the way to Dr. Sparks building one in his lab at the University of Utah. Finally, dive into its current applications and possibilities in the future. References: ttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2004.11.010 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2005.04.003 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/adem.201300409 https://patents.google.com/patent/US1071488 Munir ZA, Anselmi-Tamburini U, Ohyanagi M. The effect of electric field and pressure on the synthesis and consolidation of materials: A review of the spark plasma sintering method. Journal of materials science. 2006 Feb;41(3):763-77. If you have questions or feedback please send us emails at materialism.podcast@gmail.com. Make sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, google play, and now Youtube or wherever you find your podcasts. If you like the show and want to help us reach more people, consider leaving a review - it helps us improve and it exposes new people to the show. Finally, check out our Instagram page @materialism.podcast and connect with us to let us know what new material you’d like to hear about next. We’d like to give a shoutout to AlphaBot for allowing us to use his music within the podcast. Check him out on Spotify. And as always a special thanks to Kolobyte who created the intro and outro for our podcast. He makes a ton of really cool synthwave music which you can check out at kolobyte.bandcamp.com. Visit our sponsors for this episode www.materialstoday.com and matmatch.com. Follow us on Instagram: @materialism.podcast Follow us on Twitter: @MaterialismPod Visit our website: www.materialismpodcast.com Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator, editing assistance), Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production, editing assistance), Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (editing assistance, co-host). Support Materialism by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/materialism
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Thinking Critically
Thinking Critically
Intelligent Speculation
#33: Truth Decay
In this episode, Jonathan is speaking with Jennifer Kavanagh about truth decay. They discuss: •Why she chose political science and decided to pursue a PhD. •What the RAND Corporation is and their mission. •The concept of “truth decay” and how she became interested in it. •How truth decay has occurred before in the past and how it is usually accompanied with the arrival of a new information technology. •How social media should be regulated at this point as they have repeatedly failed to self-regulate and the difficulties of regulation in the U.S. versus Europe due to the first amendment. •While we are very polarized at the moment, people have more in common with one another than your information bubble would have you believe. •The multiple solutions to truth decay. •And other topics. Dr. Jennifer Kavanagh is director of the Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program in the RAND Arroyo Center and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She also leads RAND’s Countering Truth Decay initiative, a portfolio of projects exploring the diminishing reliance on facts and analysis in U.S. political and civil discourse. Her research focuses on U.S. defense strategy, international conflict and military interventions, disinformation, and the relationship between U.S. political and media institutions. She is a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and also teaches research methods courses as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Kavanagh graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in government and a minor in Russian language. She earned her Ph.D. in political science and public policy at the University of Michigan. You can find websites mentioned in the episode here: RAND Corporation: http://bit.ly/2ZVhmng Countering Truth Decay: http://bit.ly/3dJu1lg Truth Decay Book: https://amzn.to/3dJoGu1​ You can find this episode on our YouTube channel as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4hvJ2vOrpg&t=1s This show is supported and produced by Final Stretch Media. Final Stretch believes in creating something that disrupts attention spans and challenges the marketing status quo. They do this by creating high quality visual content that captivates your audience. You can find them on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fsmedia2020​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/finalstretch_media/ This show is also supported by QuikLee; the creators of Brain Racers. The world's first ever live racing competition for the brain. Download their app and play live on the weekends on an iOS device against the world. We have raced and it's a blast! App Download: https://apple.co/33n8aJs​ Our last sponsor creates survival technology as well as camping and other outdoor gear. Outer Wild's ultimate goal is to provide clean technologies for everyday devices as they are driven to create a more sustainable world. Use the code IS on your next purchase and receive an additional 10% off! Website: https://www.outer-wild.com/
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