Have you every wondered about what goes on behind the scenes of Plus? Find out in this special guest episode!
We are very pleased to be collaborating with the wonderful Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI) in Cambridge. Recently Plus editors Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas appeared on the INI's Living Proof podcast, talking to the INI's communication's manager Dan Aspel.
We talked to Dan about mathematical journalism, spreading a love of numbers, and our new collaboration with the INI. Topics touched upon include our late boss, the wonderful John Barrow, the many joys of being a maths communicator, and the thrill that comes from finding and inspiring audiences with the most unusual of subjects.
Thank you to Dan and the INI for allowing us to host this episode of Living Proof on our podcast. You can find all the content from our collaboration with the INI here.
00:00 – Introduction
00:47 – Welcome
01:30 – A little background about Marianne
04:05 – A little background about Rachel
07:12 – A tribute to John Barrow
08:36 – Choosing communication over research
11:40 – Who is the average +Plus reader?
13:25 – The appeal of +Plus
17:05 – “Maths and hallucinations” (an article with “quite interesting comments”)
22:05 – Collaborating with INI
30:32 – Plans for the future
32:45 – Terrible coffee… but good conversation
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