Recreational Mathematics
Last updated on June 2nd, 2021
Recreational mathematics is mathematics carried out for recreation (entertainment) rather than as a strictly research and applicationbased professional activity or as a part of a student’s formal education. Although it is not necessarily limited to being an endeavor for amateurs, many topics in this field require no knowledge of advanced mathematics. Recreational mathematics involves mathematical puzzles and games, often appealing to children and untrained adults, inspiring their further study of the subject.
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 University of Oxford Podcasts The Secrets of Mathematics A series of talks and lectures from Oxford Mathematicians exploring the power and beauty of their subject. These talks would appeal to anyone interested in mathematics and its evergrowing range of applications from medicine to economics and beyond. Click to listen to an episode
Can Yule Solve My Problems?  Alex Bellos  The Secrets of Mathematics
In our Oxford Mathematics Christmas Lecture Alex Bellos challenges you with some festive brainteasers as he tells the story of mathematical puzzles from the middle ages to modern day. Alex is the Guardian’s puzzle blogger as well as the author of several works of popular maths, including Puzzle Ninja, Can You Solve My Problems? and Alex’s Adventures in Numberland.  Breaking Math Podcast Breaking Math is a podcast that aims to be academic and accessible at the same time. It's designed for people who love learning, science, math, and any type of knowledge. Click to listen to an episode
RR38: The Great Stratagem Heist (Game Theory: Iterated Elimination of Dominated Strategies)  Breaking Math Podcast
This is a rerun of one of our favorite episodes while we change our studio around. Game theory is all about decisionmaking 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 decisionmaker, but one or more similar decision makers. This episode will give an idea of the type of problemsolving that is used in game theory. So what is strict dominance? How can it help us solve some games? And why are The Obnoxious Seven wanted by the police? Distributed under a Creative Commons AttributionShareAlike 4.0 International License. For more information, visit CreativeCommons.or [Featuring: Sofía Baca; Diane Baca]  This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/breakingmathpodcast/support  BBC Radio 4 Extra A Brief History of Mathematics Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Click to listen to an episode
Nicolas Bourbaki  A Brief History of Mathematics
This ten part history of mathematics from Newton to the present day, reveals the personalities behind the calculations: the passions and rivalries of mathematicians struggling to get their ideas heard. Professor Marcus du Sautoy shows how these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world and proves that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Today, the mathematician that never was, Nicolas Bourbaki. A group of French mathematicians, working between the two world wars and writing under the pseudonym Nicolas Bourbaki transformed their discipline and paved the way for several mathematical breakthroughs in the 21st century. Producer: Anna Buckley From 2010.
 University of Oxford Podcasts The Secrets of Mathematics A series of talks and lectures from Oxford Mathematicians exploring the power and beauty of their subject. These talks would appeal to anyone interested in mathematics and its evergrowing range of applications from medicine to economics and beyond. Click to listen to an episode

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 Medium Recreational Mathematics Most people don’t do mathematics for recreation. In part, this is probably due to our schooling, which positions “school mathematics” as the only type of mathematics that most of us experience. You can go your whole life thinking of “mathematics” as calculations, a bit of algebra, and maybe the quadratic formula
 NYTimes Opinion  The Importance of Recreational Math ‘Fun’ problems can lead to striking, unexpected discoveries.
 The Guardian Can you solve Martin Gardner’s best mathematical puzzles? Alex Bellos: The maestro of recreational maths was born 100 years ago today. Here we celebrate his birthday with eight of his most celebrated puzzles
 The Independent If you can solve one of these 6 major math problems, you'll win a $1 million prize In 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced the Millennium Prize problems. These were a collection of seven of the most important math problems that remain unsolved.
 Popular Mechanics These Are the 10 Toughest Math Problems Ever Solved They're guaranteed to make your head spin.
 Popular Mechanics These Are the 10 Hardest Math Problems That Remain Unsolved The smartest people in the world can’t crack them. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
 Wikipedia List of unsolved problems in mathematics Since the Renaissance, every century has seen the solution of more mathematical problems than the century before, yet many mathematical problems, both major and minor, still remain unsolved.
 Wikipedia List of recreational number theory topics This is a list of recreational number theory topics. Listing here is not pejorative: many famous topics in number theory have origins in challenging problems posed purely for their own sake.
 Wikipedia List of mathematical puzzles Mathematical puzzles make up an integral part of recreational mathematics. They have specific rules, but they do not usually involve competition between two or more players. Instead, to solve such a puzzle, the solver must find a solution that satisfies the given conditions. Mathematical puzzles require mathematics to solve them. Logic puzzles are a common type of mathematical puzzle.
 Wikipedia Mathematical game A mathematical game is a game whose rules, strategies, and outcomes are defined by clear mathematical parameters. Often, such games have simple rules and match procedures, such as Tictactoe and Dots and Boxes. Generally, mathematical games need not be conceptually intricate to involve deeper computational underpinnings. For example, even though the rules of Mancala are relatively basic, the game can be rigorously analyzed through the lens of combinatorial game theory.

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 Vsauce2 Math Games Recreational mathematics, riddles and more!
 Vsauce2 Paradoxes Kevin explores all forms of paradoxes. Veridical, Falsidical and Antinomy!
 Standup Maths I do mathematics and standup. Sometimes simultaneously. Occasionally while being filmed. (It's quite the Venn diagram.)
 Mathologer Enter the world of the Mathologer for really accessible explanations of hard and beautiful math(s).
 Vi Hart Vi Hart likes triangles! AND APPLES!
 Numberphile Videos about numbers  it's that simple.
 3Blue1Brown 3Blue1Brown, by Grant Sanderson, is some combination of math and entertainment, depending on your disposition. The goal is for explanations to be driven by animations and for difficult problems to be made simple with changes in perspective.

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 Prime Video A Beautiful Mind This winner of 4 Oscars, including Best Picture, stars Russell Crowe as a brilliant mathematician on the brink of international acclaim who becomes entangled in a mysterious conspiracy.
 Prime Video The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch shines as reallife war hero and pioneer of modernday computing, Alan Turing, who saved millions of lives by cracking Germany's socalled unbreakable code during WWII.

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