Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Favourite Numbers - 7 wins again

A poll by author Alex Bellos has found, unsurprisingly, that seven is the world's favourite number!

He's released the results to coincide with his new book - Alex Through the Looking-Glass.

Numberphile had its own, less formal poll a while back.

It started with this video:

And then we harvested the stats to make this one:

Seven won that poll also.

Here are some previous appearances by Alex on Numberphile…

And his first book is Here's Looking at Euclid (aka Alex's Adventures in Numberland).

Friday, 4 April 2014

Alan's Album

Regular viewers will be familiar with the music of Alan Stewart.

Alan is a physics teacher who composes and performs music in his spare time.

I love his work and we've collaborated together on MANY videos, some of which are listed below.

Well, Alan was too humble to tell me, but he has pulled together many of his best tracks into an album on iTunes.

Here is the link.

I think it's great value.

Despite having many of them on my computer already (for obvious reasons), I downloaded the album myself last night and have been listening non-stop.

Gorgeous background music.

I especially recommend the tracks "Time Passes" and "Wait" - but maybe that is because they appear on some of my favourite videos.

(As a bonus, Alan included his Good Will Hunting inspired track, which is often requested!)

Dominoes as a Computer

Two Numberphile videos and Matt's own…


Thursday, 27 February 2014

I need your Numberphile Selfie

I am giving a talk tomorrow night and would like to show some pictures of real Numberphile viewers.

(Because although I love them, you are more than just numbers to me!)

You can help by sending me a "selfie-style snap" of you watching Numberphile (maybe a favourite presenter on screen, a video you liked or hated, etc).

The picture will be used in my talk and, unless you tell me otherwise, I might put some of them here on the blog?

Email to numberphile at gmail dot com

Include as much or as little information as you like... I'd love to know your name, where you are, maybe why you watch the videos... and your favourite number.  You can include nothing or write me an essay - the pic is the crucial bit.

I will reply to all of them (unless you tell me not to!)

Here's a just a sample photo, but be as creative or simple as you like.

Thanks for helping. I hope it makes my talk a little more interesting.


Friday, 7 February 2014

A Feast for the Senses

Posted two videos today - one for the ears and one for the eyes!

The Sound of Atoms Bonding

Hydrogen Bubbles Exploding

Friday, 31 January 2014

Three in a row

Just because it was how things worked out, three videos went up today across three of our channels…

Magnesium in Water on periodicvideos:

An epic discussion of Stephen Hawking's latest views on Black Holes for sixtysymbols:

And even more epic computerphile video about fonts:

Ruler of the Universe

Introducing The Ruler of the Universe.

A limited edition have been created at the University of Nottingham, where I work with scientists to create Sixty Symbols and Deep Sky Videos (among other things).

Just over 30cm of geeky pleasure

Featuring a cm and a log scale

Professor Mike Merrifield with the prototype

 From the planck scale to the size of the observable universe

The backside features physical constants

My favourite bit a sixtysymbols plug!!!

A health warning!

The rulers have been produced for fun but also to promote the University of Nottingham's excellent School of Physics & Astronomy.

At this stage the plan is to mail them to Year 12 students who have shown an interest in studying physics at Nottingham (via UCAS).

Some will also be handed out to be people visiting the university for open days.

I will try to get my hands on a few for sixtysymbols viewers, but no guarantees.

You could try following Professor Merrifield on Twitter too - maybe he will tell us more when the main batch arrives!?