May 21, 2020
This week, we have a guest on the show - Kit Yates, who is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the University of Bath, and who's written an excellent book "The Maths of Life and Death" on various applications of maths in biology, from...
May 15, 2020
I'm excited today to say that we have a guest on the show - Gemma Milne, who has written a book, Smoke and Mirrors, about how technological hype distorts the future. I really enjoyed the book, which deals with nine areas of considerable hype in technology, and not only takes you through some of the fascinating...
May 9, 2020
For the pandemic masochists:
=> A brief discussion of treatments
=> Information surrounding past and future strategies to combat pandemics
=> Some information regarding contact-tracing apps, both in theory and in practice. [Too long; didn't listen - they probably won't be that useful.]
May 9, 2020
For the masochists who apparently can't get enough content about
=> An interview with my friend who participated in the vaccine trials
=> Some discussion of the risk factors that are associated with deaths from COVID-19
=> Updated discussion of "herd immunity" thresholds and the link between R0 and...
Apr 30, 2020
N/B: This series of episodes was written before the coronavirus pandemic. I've decided the best thing to do is to present them as was and maybe have another episode reflecting on what the pandemic means for their conclusions later on.
We've outlined a nexus between catastrophic...