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The Other Half is an exploration of the the other half of bunch of things. First, Anna and Annie want to take you on a tour of the other half of math — the fun half you might be missing when you learn math in school, the half that helps you makes sense of your own life. Undoubtedly you’ve struggled with math at some point and asked yourself, “what would I ever use this for?” They hope to give you some compelling and unexpected answers to that question.

The Other Half is an exploration of the the other half of bunch of things. First, Anna and Annie want to take you on a tour of the other half of math — the fun half you might be missing when you learn math in school, the half that helps you makes sense of your own life. Undoubtedly you’ve struggled with math at some point and asked yourself, “what would I ever use this for?” They hope to give you some compelling and unexpected answers to that question.
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The Other Half is an exploration of the the other half of bunch of things. First, Anna and Annie want to take you on a tour of the other half of math — the fun half you might be missing when you learn math in school, the half that helps you makes sense of your own life. Undoubtedly you’ve struggled with math at some point and asked yourself, “what would I ever use this for?” They hope to give you some compelling and unexpected answers to that question.

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Episodes

Episode 5: Riding With Strangers

3/15/2017
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Transportation matters. When people need to get places, but don’t have a good way to do so, it’s more than just a drag for them – it’s also a drag for the economy. Americans are living increasingly far from their places of employment, which knocks walking or biking out of the way for many. And … Continue reading Episode 5: Riding With Strangers →

Duration:00:20:21

Episode 4: Weather Talk

12/4/2016
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We know that The Weather is the most basic, most mundane small talk topic in, you know, the world. We understand that The Weather is just boring to discuss. Except when it isn’t. Join us in this episode as we discuss the fascinating, and varied, uses of math in weather predictions, from model-building to handling competing … Continue reading Episode 4: Weather Talk →

Duration:00:39:42

Episode 3: Math and Patent Law

12/30/2015
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After a conference Anna attended this summer, during which she and her colleagues considered whether they could legally protect the work they produced, we began to wonder: To what extent can math be considered—and protected as—intellectual property? Already comfortable with mathematical logic and reasoning, we turned to Sarah Wasserman Rajec from William & Mary Law School to … Continue reading Episode 3: Math and Patent Law →

Duration:00:37:31

Episode 2: The Road Trip

12/21/2015
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In The Road Trip, Anna and Annie look into the math that undergirds the great American summertime tradition of rolling down the windows, turning up the stereo, and touring the countryside by automobile. Randy Olson has made the planning part easy by computing the optimal road trip across the U.S. His work to minimize the miles between landmarks in … Continue reading Episode 2: The Road Trip →

Duration:00:34:27

Episode 1: Racism and Segregation

12/7/2015
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In Racism and Segregation, Anna and Annie call on two people whose online contributions have helped paint a picture of racism and segregation in this country. Dustin Cable’s work on the Racial Dot Map paints this picture in a nearly literal way; see what we mean here. Also, check out his methodology and code, and see … Continue reading Episode 1: Racism and Segregation →

Duration:00:25:08

Episode 0: Hello world!

12/7/2015
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Welcome to The Other Half. You’ll get to know us well as you continue to listen to our show, but Episode 0 is the first element of our set. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or via RSS

Duration:00:04:20