Smarty Pants Podcast

To Infinity (and Beyond!)

Math for the masses

By Stephanie Bastek | March 23, 2018
Dennis Wilkinson/Flickr
Dennis Wilkinson/Flickr

We revisit an interview with Eugenia Cheng, the author of How to Bake Pi, who translates higher math using metaphors that even the most mathematically disinclined can comprehend: infinite layers of puff pastry, endless jars of marmalade, and deep-dish pi(e). She talks about the false dichotomy between mathematics and art, and how understanding math helps you see the world in a new light. Also, how five-year-olds sometimes pose the most difficult questions for mathematicians to answer, like: what’s a number?

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