William of Ockham was an English monk, philosopher, theologian, who provided the scientific method with its key principle 700 years ago. 'What can be done with fewer assumptions is done in vain with more,' he said. That is, in explaining any phenomenon, we should use no more explanatory concepts than are absolutely necessary. Simplicity should never be despised. Thoughtful people have their say, without interruption, on important science-related topics.
October 19th, 2013
Episode 1 of 158 episodes
Stephanie Pradier from Melbourne works at the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and is doing an Honours Degree in Physics. In this talk she points out that most people don't realise that maths is everywhere, for example in a conversation about a horse race, how to finance a home, in music etc., basically we're confronted with it during most activities in our lives.