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EP30 – Theorems, aesthetics, and codes [w/ Simon Singh]

This episode was recorded live after Simon Singh’s presentation at the Sofia Science Festival. We only had a short time to talk with the physicist/mathematician/author and we ventured straight into:

  • the key qualities in both scientists and artists
  • the reasons why we still need pure science
  • the aesthetics of equations
  • the characteristics of modern cryptography (explained with treasure chests!)

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About our guest

Simon Singh is one of the world’s most popular science and maths writers. After completing a Ph.D. in particle physics, Simon Singh joined the BBC and worked as a director and producer on programs such as Tomorrow’s World and Horizon. He has also presented programs on Radio 4, BBC4 and Channel 4.

Simon has written a number of best-selling popular science books:

  • Fermat’s Last Theorem looks at one of the biggest mathematical puzzles of the millennium;
  • The Code Book shares the secrets of cryptology;
  • Big Bang explores the history of cosmology;
  • Trick or Treatment asks some hard questions about alternative medicine;
  • The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets enters the universe of the world’s most popular TV show.

About the podcast

Ratio Podcast is a program for intellectually curious people. We’re having informal conversations, connected with or inspired by science. Bear in mind, we’re not experts on basically anything – but thankfully most of our guests are.

You can check out more episodes via RSS, in StitcheriTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and SoundCloud. Most episodes are in Bulgarian, but we do interviews with international guests, as well.