The Anthropology of Mathematicians

A reendactment of Peter Curran's visit to the Newton Institute

A reendactment of Peter Curran's visit to the Newton Institute

Like Jane Goodall studying chimpanzees in their natural environment, a reporter from the BBC recently visited the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (a math research institute in Cambridge, England which a number of OU profs have visited to do research).  The result is a very nice radio essay about mathematicians as a culture, what it’s like to do math research, etc.  They do a good job of showing that, contrary to what most people think, there is a tremendous amount of exciting math research going on.

It’s only available online for a few days, so you should definitely check it out ASAP!  To hear the story go here.

P.S.  And if you think mathematicians and chimpanzees are unrelated:

chimpmath

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