Last Build Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:22:43 -0500Copyright: Chaim Goodman-Strauss and KUAF FM
Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:20:59 -0500Colm Mulcahy joins us to share some of his card magic!
Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:53:10 -0500A break from puzzling to discuss the history of the great Newton-Liebnitz dispute over the invention of Calculus, with the playwright Todd Taylor.
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:42:29 -0500For procrastinators...
Fri, 09 Mar 2012 06:51:11 -0600Madness in the aisles...
Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:07:09 -0600The great aerialist Barbette makes an wholly gratuitous appearance on the Math Factor, and a few quick puzzles.
Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:04:11 -0600Big math news, answers and a quick and easy puzzle.
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:19:01 -0600Kyle stumps Chaim, and we revisit a neat twist on an old chestnut
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 06:47:40 -0600Another pursuit puzzle from the Math Factor
Fri, 27 Jan 2012 07:21:24 -0600An odd marriage proposal...
Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:16:31 -0600How close can we get to exactly one glass of water?
Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:23:08 -0600Hot piles of M&M's!
Sun, 01 Jan 2012 11:59:57 -0600Numbers, numbers numbers... hadn't noticed there are so many of them.
Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:23:09 -0600In which Chaim ponders how much his true love loves him truly.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:51:55 -0600In which we discuss the mystery of cooling coffee.
Sun, 04 Dec 2011 10:34:39 -0600And we're back in the studio together again! Lots of great stuff to come!
Thu, 14 Jul 2011 09:58:36 -0500Check out the Strongly Connected Components podcast at acmescience.com
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 13:50:42 -0500Back with an interview with two fantastic puzzlers, Ed Pegg (mathpuzzle.com) and James Stephens (puzzlebeast.com) Check out mathfactor.uark.edu for lots of links to the puzzles and people they talk about.
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 11:06:40 -0500John H. Conway on his friendship with Martin Gardner.
Sun, 09 May 2010 14:10:39 -0500We are taking the summer off (at a minimum) but check back in a while for new segments. And don't forget to drop us a line!
Mon, 05 Apr 2010 09:48:43 -0500A conversation with Greg Chaitin, creator of Chaitin's Omega and author, most recently, of MetaMath!! These ideas are well worth a close listen.
Tue, 30 Mar 2010 09:35:59 -0500Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and author of A New Kind of Science describes a fundamental principle, showing how irreducible complexity arises even in simple systems.
Sun, 28 Mar 2010 10:54:54 -0500Quick interviews at the Gathering, with Stephen Wolfram, Will Shortz, Dale Seymore, John Conway and many others!
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:08:38 -0500We catch up with Ed Pegg, of mathpuzzle.com who gives us three great puzzles! Now Tweeting from G4G9!
Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:59:09 -0500The Math Factor hits the road, with live updates from the Gathering For Gardner! And the premier of James Greeson's Canon and Chorale on Pi.
Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:41:50 -0600A vintage segment from July 11, 2004.
Sun, 07 Mar 2010 10:18:30 -0600Derrick Niederman tells us what is so un-22 about Catch 22, and other marvels from his new book, Number Freak.
Sat, 27 Feb 2010 11:32:00 -0600The largest Escher exhibit ever is on display in Boca Raton. A must see event!
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 12:59:05 -0600In which we discuss the yillion and a strange encounter with an aged man.
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:56:05 -0600That's right, we return with our sixth anniversary "special". Can a clip show be far behind?
Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:32:35 -0600Keep those durned outs offa me!
Sat, 26 Dec 2009 09:51:57 -0600A plan for the shop, and still more tormented prisoners. What is the deal with those poor souls anyway?
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:12:00 -0600Yay! Another Fraud Detection Prevention tip from your friends and accomplices at the Math Factor, as well as further discourse on Benford's Law.
Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:02:18 -0600If you're gonna commit accounting fraud, some things to watch out for! Benford's law is an amazing property of many kinds of lists of data.
Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:58:15 -0600Wherein Chaim lets off a little steam about an urgent problem...
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:43:18 -0600Chaim's new Math 2033 is going like gangbusters! Check out the class wiki at math2033.uark.edu
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 18:36:38 -0600Michael Huber solves the 12 Labors of Hercules!
Tue, 03 Nov 2009 12:52:07 -0600Wayne Winston discusses his sports-math book, Mathletics!
Tue, 20 Oct 2009 18:09:45 -0500Paul Nahin discusses his fabulous new book "Mrs Perkins Electric Quilt", mosquitos, falling through the Earth, whether mathematics is "real" and much more!
Fri, 09 Oct 2009 10:02:24 -0500Clifford Pickover discusses his beautiful new Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics.
Thu, 01 Oct 2009 16:41:10 -0500Stephen Morris rounds out his puzzles with a discussion of OLD IDAHO USUAL HERE.
Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:40:24 -0500Jetting around with Stephen Morris, who leaves us at a rare loss for words!
Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:47:46 -0500Stephen Morris, mathfactor correspondent at large, discusses the Kate Bush conjecture and how to get a dead clock to tell the right time many times throughout the day!
Tue, 08 Sep 2009 15:30:43 -0500Back after a sleepy summer, the Math Circus Opens 9/9/9!
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:37:02 -0500Man, what is it about puzzlers and prisoners? Jeff Yoak lines em up and the stakes are high!
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 14:58:28 -0500#mathfactor now on twitter; Jeff Yoak poses a hat puzzle stumper!
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 09:41:04 -0500Jeff Yoak discusses math in his career as a poker pro.
Mon, 06 Jul 2009 16:06:08 -0500Jeff Yoak, one of the mathfactor website authors, shares a puzzle with an intriguing twist!
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 15:36:57 -0500Every number in a mysterious sequence is the weighted average of its neighbors...
Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:50:26 -0500A quick puzzle sent in by a listener! Very elegant solution, using a fair coin...
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 11:16:45 -0500David Singmaster, Puzzler Extraordinaire, early master of the Rubik's Cube, poser of the Singmaster Conjecture, etc, etc, engages in some wordplay.
Mon, 25 May 2009 05:18:52 -0500We express regret, answer a puzzle, shake hands and welcome back astronauts Arp and Bif.
Mon, 18 May 2009 09:34:54 -0500A puzzle on sums of digits, and an interview with Rob Fathauer, of Tesselations Inc.
Wed, 06 May 2009 14:19:48 -0500Dr Schaffer returns to show us more of his math-dance moves!
Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:39:48 -0500Kyle and Chaim return to the studio with an interview with Michael Breen, of the hit gameshow, "Who Wants To Be A Mathematician?" Lots of puzzles!
Mon, 06 Apr 2009 05:10:47 -0500Fumbling with cards in the dark...
Fri, 03 Apr 2009 05:09:17 -0500A simple typesetting puzzle from Stephen Barr's Intriguing Puzzles in Math and Logic.
Wed, 01 Apr 2009 16:49:37 -0500Why do these hair seem to grow in fits and starts?
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 04:34:33 -0500Another Sam Loyd puzzle: what is the largest square table that can be covered by three 1 foot square napkins?
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 08:43:44 -0500Our very first Bamboopalooza, in Wilson Park April 2004!
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 11:40:34 -0500If I give you a number, can you always find another number whose sum and product with my number are the same?
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:05:09 -0500Having lost their thumbs, Arp and Bif twiddle screws instead investigating a simple, but counterintuitive bit of 3D geometry.
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 17:40:58 -0500For Easter Sunday, 2004, an old puzzle from the superb 19th century puzzler Sam Loyd.
Mon, 09 Mar 2009 09:09:04 -0500Paranoid scientists don't trust anyone! How many locks are needed to protect the vital contents of a safe?
Fri, 06 Mar 2009 10:14:51 -0600From March 28, 2004, a simple, surprising chestnut about girdling the earth.
Wed, 04 Mar 2009 10:33:45 -0600From March 21, 2004, we pose another old chestnut.
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 17:08:57 -0600Recalling an early Star Trek episode, we save some space hippies from certain doom.
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:35:46 -0600Edmund Harriss steps in and poses a puzzle on this early segment.
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 08:35:24 -0600Another segment from the Golden Age of Mathradio, Math Factor #5, aired February 22, 2004.
Fri, 20 Feb 2009 17:11:52 -0600Math Factor Number Four; how much water is required to get across the desert? (This is basically the same problem as BK. Bananas and Rockets)
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 12:59:30 -0600After all these years, we finally get around to putting the Monty Hall Problem up on the web-- it's deja vu all over again as we post the third math factor segment ever!
Thu, 12 Feb 2009 15:19:34 -0600We revisit an old chestnut.
Mon, 02 Feb 2009 10:11:59 -0600Our servers are back up, after an astounding ice storm that shut down the town; we celebrate with a special double feature: "Google, Flutes and Monopoly" and the very first Math Factor Episode ever aired.
Wed, 21 Jan 2009 09:50:48 -0600Our Fifth Anniversary Special! Come visit our brand new, totally fair casino!
Mon, 05 Jan 2009 16:23:23 -0600Shortly after taping this segment, Kyle and Chaim suddenly hit on a great way to make huge amounts of money. We'll offer you a terrific opportunity you can't refuse in next week's segment!!
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 13:01:57 -0600Isaac Newton's puzzling polynomial problem!
Wed, 10 Dec 2008 14:40:42 -0600Pascal's has so many strange and amusing applications!
Mon, 01 Dec 2008 16:46:10 -0600Our favorite new and not-so-new products for 2008! Check out Zome, Puzzellations, DROD, Magic Mirror Coloring Book, The Riddles of the Sphinx, the Nikoli puzzle company, The Princeton Companion to Mathematics, How Round is your Circle and many more ideas!
Tue, 11 Nov 2008 16:29:01 -0600Dirk Huylebrouck discusses the incredible Ishango bone, and thousands of years of arithmetic.
Tue, 04 Nov 2008 12:20:07 -0600Just two months ago, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, discovered a huge prime number, with more than ten million digits! Mersenne primes are closely related to the famous "perfect" numbers, numbers which are the sum of their divisors.
Wed, 22 Oct 2008 08:28:10 -0500Ed Pegg, of mathpuzzle.com, joins us to discuss cellular automata and a fiendishly difficult puzzle.
Sun, 12 Oct 2008 11:41:15 -0500Peter Winkler returns to discuss the bonus chapter in his book Mathematical Mind Benders!
Thu, 02 Oct 2008 16:05:09 -0500Just why does the constant e appear in so many ways?
Thu, 25 Sep 2008 13:53:08 -0500We discuss some business and then consider the game of Plinko.
Thu, 18 Sep 2008 13:41:52 -0500We discuss math on TV, the smallest ungoogleable number and a devilish game with billiard balls.
Mon, 08 Sep 2008 01:00:00 -0500Karl Schaffer of Math Dance shows us some geometry tricks.
Wed, 03 Sep 2008 18:12:05 -0500In which we discuss the Fibonacci numbers, the law of small numbers, and just why one should expect to see the golden ratio so often.
Wed, 27 Aug 2008 01:00:00 -0500We set up a booth and wait to see what happens.
Fri, 22 Aug 2008 17:15:56 -0500We conclude our interview with Dana Richards.
Sat, 16 Aug 2008 13:02:21 -0500The worm makes it, in only about 15,092,688,622,113,788,323,693,563,264,538,101,449,859,497 steps! (Give or take a few) This incredible fact depends on the mysterious Harmonic Series, discussed a little more on the Math Factor website mathfactor.uark.edu.
Tue, 12 Aug 2008 12:32:17 -0500Dana Richards, editor of The Colossal Book of Short Problems and Puzzles, talks to us about Martin Gardner and his legacy.
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 07:22:51 -0500Escher expert Doris Schattschneider sits down with us in Leeuwarden, Friesland, his boyhood home.
Mon, 21 Jul 2008 16:36:31 -0500Mathemagician Art Benjamin explains a few tricks of his trade!
Wed, 09 Jul 2008 16:57:42 -0500Art Benjamin, mathemagician extraordinaire amazes and delights...
Sun, 29 Jun 2008 08:52:01 -0500Some functions just take off! Amazingly there are functions that cannot be bounded in by anything that can be computed!
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 20:03:49 -0500We finally get around to discussing the Dumb Robots problem, the nature of computation, and baseball.
Thu, 12 Jun 2008 13:04:21 -0500Can the answer to any mathematical question be computed?
Thu, 29 May 2008 09:16:16 -0500Erik Demaine of MIT controls minds across all time and all space!
Wed, 21 May 2008 21:17:14 -0500We shamelessly plug our beautiful new book, the Symmetries of Things, by John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel and Chaim Goodman-Strauss.
Tue, 13 May 2008 10:20:57 -0500In which we discuss the incredible Collatz function, and smashing dumb robots into each other.
Thu, 01 May 2008 18:22:51 -0500We continue to play Tag Deal!