Breaking Math Podcast

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Breaking Math is a podcast that aims to make math accessible to everyone, and make it enjoyable. Every other week, topics such as chaos theory, forbidden formulas, and more will be covered in detail. If you have 45 or so minutes to spare, you're almost guaranteed to learn something new! Support this… read more

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40: Save the Date

July 7th, 2019


A calendar is a system of dividing up time into manageable chunks so that we can reference how long ago something happened, agree on times to do things in the future, and generally just have a sense of reckoning time. …

39: Syntax Matters: Syntax... Matters?

May 29th, 2019


We communicate every day through languages; not only human languages, but other things that could be classified as languages such as internet …

38: The Great Stratagem Heist

April 23rd, 2019


Game theory is all about decision-making and how it is impacted by choice of strategy, and a strategy is a decision that is influenced not only by the choice of the decision-maker, but one or more similar decision …

37: The One Where They Parody Saw (audio fixed again)

February 25th, 2019


Hello listeners. You don't know me, but I know you. I want to play a game. In your ears are two earbuds. Connected to the earbuds are a podcast playing an episode about game theory. Hosting that podcast are two …

Stay Tuned for Season 3

January 26th, 2019


Breaking Math will return with a third season in early February with an episode series about game theory starting with "The One where they Parody 'Saw'". We also talk about some upcoming news and such. Until then, enjoy …

36: The Most Boring Episode Ever.

November 23rd, 2018


Math is a gravely serious topic which has been traditionally been done by stodgy people behind closed doors, and it cannot ever be taken lightly. Those who have fun with mathematics mock science, medicine, and the …

35: Please Be Discrete

November 5th, 2018


Centuries ago, there began something of a curiosity between mathematicians that didn't really amount to much but some interesting thoughts and cool …

34: An Interview with's JW Weatherman

October 20th, 2018


In this episode, we interview JW Weatherman of, and ask him about his product, why he made it, and what he plans on doing with it.


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33: Interview with Math with Bad Drawings (Ben Orlin)

October 3rd, 2018


An interview with Ben Orlin, author of the book 'Math with Bad Drawings,' as well as the blog of the same name. The blog can be found at


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32X: Black Hole Heist

September 23rd, 2018


The hosts of Breaking Math had too much time on their hands.


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32: Gaze into the Abyss (Part Three)

September 23rd, 2018


A lot of the information in this episode of Breaking Math depends on episodes 30 and 31 entitled "The Abyss" and "Into the Abyss" respectively. If you have not listened to those episodes, then we'd highly recommend …

31: Into the Abyss (Part Two)

August 23rd, 2018


Black holes are objects that seem exotic to us because they have properties that boggle our comparatively mild-mannered minds. These are objects that …

30: The Abyss (Part One)

August 2nd, 2018


The idea of something that is inescapable, at first glance, seems to violate our sense of freedom. This sense of freedom, for many, seems so …

29: War

July 14th, 2018


In the United States, the fourth of July is celebrated as a national holiday, where the focus of that holiday is the war that had the end effect of …

28: Bell's Infamous Theorem

June 19th, 2018


The history of physics as a natural science is filled with examples of when an experiment will demonstrate something or another, but what is often forgotten is the fact that the experiment had to be thought up in the …

Back Next Tuesday!

June 12th, 2018


Hello. This is Jonathan Baca from Breaking Math here with a quick message. We will be back Tuesday June 19th with an episode on Bell's inequality, …

27: Peer Pressure

May 14th, 2018


The fabric of the natural world is an issue of no small contention: philosophers and truth-seekers universally debate about and study the nature of reality, and exist as long as there are observers in that reality. One …

26: Infinity Shades of Grey

April 26th, 2018


A paradox is characterized either by a logical problem that does not have a single dominant expert solution, or by a set of logical steps that seem …

25: Pandemic Panic

April 13th, 2018


The spectre of disease causes untold mayhem, anguish, and desolation. The extent to which this spectre has yielded its power, however, has been …

24: Language and Entropy

March 7th, 2018


Information theory was founded in 1948 by Claude Shannon, and is a way of both qualitatively and quantitatively describing the limits and processes …

Stay Tuned for Season 2!

February 25th, 2018


Jonathan and Gabriel discuss what you have to expect with Breaking Math's second season!


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23: Don't Touch My Circles!

January 15th, 2018


In the study of mathematics, there are many abstractions that we deal with. For example, we deal with the notion of a real number with infinitesimal …

22: Incomplet

December 23rd, 2017


Gödel, Escher, Bach is a book about everything from formal logic to the intricacies underlying the mechanisms of reasoning. For that reason, we've decided to make a tribute episode; specifically, about episode IV. There …

21: Einstein's Biggest Idea

December 4th, 2017


Some see the world of thought divided into two types of ideas: evolutionary and revolutionary ideas. However, the truth can be more nuanced than …

20: Rational

November 18th, 2017


From MC²’s statement of mass energy equivalence and Newton’s theory of gravitation to the sex ratio of bees and the golden ratio, our world is …

19: Tune of the Hickory Stick

November 7th, 2017


From MC2’s statement of mass energy equivalence and Newton’s theory of gravitation to the sex ratio of bees and the golden ratio, our world is …

18: Frequency

October 11th, 2017


Duration and proximity are, as demonstrated by Fourier and later Einstein and Heisenberg, very closely related properties. These properties are related by a fundamental concept: frequency. A high frequency describes …

17: Navier Stoked

October 5th, 2017


From our first breath of the day to brushing our teeth to washing our faces to our first sip of coffee, and even in the waters of the rivers we have built cities upon since antiquity, we find ourselves surrounded by …

BFNB2: Thought for Food

September 19th, 2017


Sponsored by, where you can take courses in calculus, computer science, chemistry, and other STEM subjects. All …

BFNB1: Food for Thought

September 16th, 2017


This is the first group podcast for the podcasting network ___forNon___ (pronounced "Blank for Non-Blank"), a podcasting network which strives to present expert-level subject matter to non-experts in a way which is …

A Special Message

September 2nd, 2017


Hello. This is Jonathan from Breaking Math to bring you a special
message. Gabriel, my co-host, has recently had a child. The child
is healthy, but both children and Breaking Math take time,
and we're still figuring out …

Minisode 0.6: Four Problems

August 18th, 2017


Jonathan and Gabriel discuss four challenging problems.


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15: Consciousness I

July 30th, 2017


What does it mean to be a good person? What does it mean to make a mistake? These are questions which we are not going to attempt to answer, but they are essential to the topic of study of today’s episode: …

Minisode 0.5: ___forNon___

July 20th, 2017


Jonathan and Gabriel discuss ___forNon___ (blank for non-blank); a podcasting collective they've recently joined. Check out more at …

14: Artificial Thought

July 11th, 2017


Go to to learn neural networks, everyday physics, computer science fundamentals, the joy of problem solving, …

13: Math and Prison Riots

June 27th, 2017


Frank Salas is an statistical exception, but far from an irreplicable result. Busted on the streets of Albuquerque for selling crack cocaine at 17, …

12: Math Factory

June 13th, 2017


In a universe where everything is representable by information, what does it mean to interact with that world? When you follow a series of steps to …

11: A Culture of Hacking

May 31st, 2017


The culture of mathematics is a strange topic. It is almost as important to the history of mathematics as the theorems that have come from it, yet it …

10: Cryptomath

May 16th, 2017


Language and communication is a huge part of what it means to be a person, and a large part of this importance is the ability to direct the flow of that information; this is a practice known as cryptography. There are …

9: Humanity 2.0

May 2nd, 2017


Humanity, since its inception, has been nebulously defined. Every technological advancement has changed what it means to be a person, and every …

Minisode 0.4: Comin' Up Next

May 1st, 2017


Jonathan and Gabriel talk about the next four episodes coming down the pike, including Humanity 2.0, which debuts Tuesday, April 2nd 2017.


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Minisode 0.3: Lights, Camera, Action!

April 20th, 2017


Jonathan and Gabriel discuss their recent news debut! You can find what they're talking about at


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8: Evolution and Engineering

April 18th, 2017


Computation is a nascent science, and as such, looks towards the other sciences for inspiration. Whether it be physics, as in simulated annealing, …

Minisode 0.2: What's Up, Bangalore?

April 10th, 2017


Jonathan and Gabriel discuss everything Bangalore, evolutionary algorithmic, and more!


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7: QED? Prove it.

April 4th, 2017


Proofs are sometimes seen as an exercise in tedium, other times as a pure form of beauty, and often as both. But from time immemorial, people have been using mathematics to demonstrate new theorems, and advance the …

Minisode 0.1: Hypercubes and Other Stranger Things

April 1st, 2017


We are proud to announce that we have recorded our very first minisode! In addition, we are introducing a new blog which can be found at


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6: Word

March 21st, 2017


Mathematics has a lot in common with language. Both have been used since the dawn of time to shape and define our world, both have sets of rules …

5: Language of the Universe

March 7th, 2017


1948. A flash, followed by an explosion. Made possible by months of mathematical computation, the splitting of the atom was hailed as a triumph of …

4: Digital Evolution

February 21st, 2017


We live in an era of unprecedented change, and the tip of the spear of this era of change is currently the digital revolution. In fact, in the last …

3: TMI

February 7th, 2017


“ABABABABABABABAB”. How much information was that? You may say “sixteen letters worth”, but is that the true answer? You could describe what you just …

2: Wreaking Chaos

February 7th, 2017


The void has always intrigued mankind; the concept of no concept defies the laws of human reasoning to such a degree that we have no choice but to pursue it. But ancient Assyrian, Norse, Judeo-Christian creation …

1: Forbidden Formulas

February 7th, 2017


From Pythagoras to Einstein, from the banks of the Nile to the streamlined curves of the Large Hadron Collider, math has shown itself again and again …

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