What does the inside of a tesseract look like? Pascal’s Triangle can tell us.

## Tag: Kelsey Houston-Edwards

## Splitting Rent with Triangles

You can find out how to fairly divide rent between three different people even when you don’t know the third person’s preferences! Find out how with Sperner’s Lemma.

## How to Generate Pseudorandom Numbers

What is a the difference between a random and a pseudorandom number? And what can pseudo random numbers allow us to do that random numbers can’t?

## How Infinity Explains the Finite

Peano arithmetic proves many theories in mathematics but does have its limits. In order to prove certain things you have to step beyond these axioms. Sometimes you need infinity.

## Kill the Mathematical Hydra

How do you defeat a creature that grows two heads for every one head you chop off? You do the math. Mathematician Kelsey Houston-Edwards explains how to defeat a seemingly undefeatable monster using a rather unexpected mathematical proof. In this episode you’ll see mathematician vs monster, thought vs ferocity, cardinal vs ordinal. You won’t want to miss it.

## The Mathematics of Quantum Computers

What is the math behind quantum computers? And why are quantum computers so amazing? Find out on this episode of Infinite Series.

## Are Prime Numbers Made Up?

Is math real or simply something made up by mathematicians? You can’t physically touch a number yet using numbers we’re able to build skyscrapers and launch rockets into space.

## How to Break Cryptography

## Stochastic Supertasks

Supertasks allow you to accomplish an infinite number of tasks in a finite amount of time. Find out how these paradoxical feats get even stranger once randomness is introduced. What happens when you try to empty an urn full of infinite balls? It turns out that whether the vase is empty or full at the end of an infinite amount of time depends on what order you try to empty it in.

## Making Probability Mathematical

Throughout much of human history, people consciously and intentionally produced randomness. They frequently used dice – or dice-shaped animal bones and other random objects – to gamble, for entertainment, predict the future and communicate with deities. Despite all this engagement with controlled random processes, people didn’t really think of probability in mathematical terms prior to 1600.