Life & Death Math
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 469
- May 11, 2020 7:00 pm
- 50:41 mins
Life and Death Math Guest: Kit Yates, author, "The Math of Life and Death: 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives," Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematical Sciences, and co-director, Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Bath The terror of pandemics lies in the math: how many people will catch the disease from one infected person? When you're calculating the risks of wearing a mask or not, social distancing or not, you need to understand the math. Dancing with Physics Guests: Emily Coates, Associate Professor, Theater and Perfomance Studies, and Director, Dance Studies, Yale University; Sara Demers, Horace D. Taft Associate Professor of Physics, Yale University When a noted physicist collaborates with a choregrapher and dancer, we get a whole new perspective on friction, gravity, torque, and momentum. Science of Shopping Guest: Paco Underhill, environmental psychologist, author, "Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping," and founder, Envirosell The design and layout of brick-and-mortar stores are part of their marketing plan. How to realize the ways sellers are trying to influence your behavior.