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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Permalink

Radiolab: Numbers

In "25 Minutes to Go," Johnny Cash counts down the minutes to his hanging. This precipitates an argument between Robert and Jad about whether you could live without numbers. Jad introduces his newborn son, Amil, and insists that he has no concept of numbers whatsoever. Like father, like son? 

From Benford to Erdös

Mark Nigrini shares the story of physicist Frank Benford, a man whose curiosity about a book inspired a bizarre discovery. Benford's Law, as it is now known, reveals a cosmic preference for certain numbers.

Calculove

Producer Soren Wheeler brings us a story about a friendship between Steve Strogatzand his high school math teacher, Don Joffray. Steve explains how numbers can connect you and where they fall short.

 

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