On this episode of Strongly Connected Components Samuel Hansen is joined by comedian, shopkeep, calculator un-boxer, and all-around mathematics communication powerhouse Matt Parker for a conversation about his new book Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, why Matt signs calculators, and the origin story of The Festival of the Spoken Nerd. Be sure to follow Matt on twitter to find out what stores he has recently defaces copies of books in and of course you should visit his website.

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]]>On this episode of Strongly Connected Components Samuel Hansen is joined by the director and writer of the Kickstarter funded independent film Cents Christopher Boone. They discuss how to use mathematics in a movie without making it about solving problem sets, why he made all characters guilty when it came to bullying, and how you, yes you, can help get Cents screened in your city. Visit the movie’s website and sign up for a TUGG screening now.

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]]>On this episode of Strongly Connected Components Samuel Hansen is joined by the hosts of the new ACMEScience podcast The Other Half, Annie Rorem and Anna Haensch.

The Other Half, a new podcast from ACMEScience.com, is an exploration of the the other half of a 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. And on the flip side of that equation, they want to explore the other half of life — the half of day to day social scenarios that can be better understood by thinking about them like a mathematician. Lastly, Anna and Annie — as women of science — represent the other half of people. More than half of the humans on earth are female, but that parity isn’t reflected in the world of math and science. They hope to lend some much needed lady voices to the conversation.

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On this episode of Strongly Connected Components Samuel Hansen talks to mathematics writer Erica Klarreich. They discuss why she had no choice but to go into mathematics because of her family, what triggered her to move from research into journalism, and how she tries to leave her readers with a small sense of doing some of the mathematics she writes about. Be sure to check out her many many great articles and to follow her on twitter.

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On this episode of Strongly Connected Components Samuel Hansen is joined by Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College Talithia Williams. They discuss what it was about statistics that drew her to its study, how you can use your body’s data to live a better life, and why she spends as much time as she can providing service to underrepresented populations in mathematics.

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]]>On this episode of Strongly Connected Components Samuel Hansen is joined by Jordan Ellenberg, University of Wisconsin professor and author of the book How Not to Be Wrong. They talked about why the son of two statisticians becomes a mathematician, how a year of writing fiction taught him he needed to do mathematics, where his book and article ideas come from, and he gives Samuel some dating advice he learned from slime molds. Be sure to read Jordan’s blog, follow him on twitter, and check out his talk, among so much other cool mathematica things, on April 18th at MathFest!

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]]>On today’s episode of Strongly Connected Components Samuel Hansen speaks to Sylvia Bozeman and Rhonda Huges, the co-founders, and Ulrica Wilson and Ami Radunskaya, the current directors, of the EDGE Program. EDGE is a program all about creating the next generation of women leaders in mathematics. They speak about how EDGE was started, where it has been, where it is right now, and where it will be going in the future. Samuel also asks them for one idea to make mathematics a more inclusive subject today.

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