Odds and Evenings
A podcast about mathematics, puzzles, numbers and games
About the show
Playing around with maths and puzzles was something that the two hosts spent their time at university doing together. Now in their late twenties with proper grown up jobs, Alaric and Alex carve out the occasional evening to sit back and smell the numbers. Not all of the mathematics is entry level, but they envisioned this podcast for those people whose science degrees may be long behind them, but who still get a kick out of recreational numbering.
If this is your first time listening, episode 4 is a good representation of the show as a whole and can be used as a jumping on point.
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Episode List

#15  Sofas, Secrets and Sizzling String
25 June 2018  48 mins 53 secs
mathematics, maths, proof, puzzles, unsolved problems
Topics Discussed:
 Moving Sofa Problem
 Zero Knowledge Grab Bag
 The Fuse Problem

#14  Guesses, Geometry and Grover's Algorithm
21 June 2018  45 mins 1 sec
geometry, math, maths, number theory, quantum computing
Topics Discussed:
 Digital Mastermind
 Cheers
 p^{2}  1 mod 24

#13  Byzantines, Blockchain and Boats
4 June 2018  1 hr 5 mins
blockchain, game theory, games, math, maths, puzzles
Topics Discussed:
 Nomic
 Byzantine Generals Problem
 Jealous Husbands River Crossing

#12  Ducks, Deals and Doku
6 May 2018  55 mins 24 secs
bitcoin, blockchain, ducks, games, math, mathematics, maths, numbers, puzzles, sequences, sudoku, zksnarks
Topics Discussed:
 Email Bidding Game
 Zero Knowledge Sudoku
 Duck Pond Probabilities

#11  Dwarves, Drinking and Deserts
24 April 2018  1 hr 35 secs
math, mathematics, maths, puzzles
Topics Discussed:
 Lewis Carroll's Dwarven Puzzle
 Blood Alcohol Level Modelling
 The Petrol Station Problem

#10  Stacks, Splitting and Seating
9 April 2018  1 hr 3 mins
games, math, mathematics, maths, minecraft, numbers, puzzles, sequences
Topics discussed:
 Minecraft Grid Numbers
 Stack Thirding
 Plane Seat Puzzle

#9  Cows, Counting and Chin Ups
27 March 2018  1 hr 4 mins
math, mathematics, maths, numbers, sequences
Topics discussed
 Narayana's Cows
 Welsh Numbers
 Weightlifting Maths

#8  Snakey, Scrabble and Sieve
15 March 2018  1 hr 18 mins
games, math, mathematics, maths, numbers, prime numbers, puzzles, scrabble, sieve, snakey, tictactoe
Topics discussed
 Harary TicTacToe
 Prime Scrabble
 Alaric's Sieve

#7  Water, Winter and Watson
26 February 2018  1 hr 29 secs
math, maths, physics, puzzles
Topics Discussed
 Tea Cooling
 Olympic Rankings
 Sherlock Holmes Puzzle

#6  Princesses, Ponds and Poker Puzzles
13 February 2018  50 mins 6 secs
math, mathematics, maths, physics, puzzles
Topics discussed
 The Princess Monster Game
 Duck Wakes
 A Poker Puzzle

#5  Factors, Figures and Words With Friends
28 January 2018  1 hr 5 mins
board games, books, mathematics, maths, scrabble
Topics discussed
 The Number of Factors Sequence
 Scrabble Boards
 Gödel, Escher, Bach

#4  Farthings, Fizz and Food Boards
16 January 2018  1 hr 20 mins
currency, games, math, mathematics, maths, physics, puzzles
Topics discussed
 Change and the Coin Problem
 Beer Bubbles
 The Blind Waiter Problem

#3  Rationality, Reddit and Recurrence
31 December 2017  1 hr 5 mins
game of life, math, maths, physics, reddit, the internet
Topics Discussed
 Is Big G Rational,
 Top Posts of All Time,
 Game of Life Towers
 Online Now?

#2  Advent Calendars, Combinatorics and Christmas
24 December 2017  1 hr 3 mins
christmas, combinatorics, math, mathematics, maths, physics, puzzles
Topics Discussed
 Tying a Ribbon around a Present,
 Christmas Wrapping,
 Advent Calendar Maths,
 Father Christmas Physics

#1  Tetrahedra, Truels and Triangular Children
10 December 2017  48 mins 47 secs
game theory, number theory, paradoxes
Topics discussed
 3 Person Humbug,
 Newcomb's Paradox,
 Pennies in a Jar,
 Triangular Children