Cracking tales of historical mathematics and its interplay with science, philosophy, and culture. Revisionist history galore. Contrarian takes on received wisdom. Implications for teaching. Informed by current scholarship.
Overview of Season 1: Galileo. 18 episodes. 9.5 hours.
In progress: Season 2: History and Philosophy of Geometry.
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One of the funniest and informative podcasts out there!
— Grant Sanderson (@3blue1brown) November 11, 2020
I've been listening to a fascinating and brutal take-down of Galileo as "father of modern science" on @viktorblasjo's podcast https://t.co/bCCsPeIltc Turned a lot of what I thought I knew about Galileo (based on what's written about him just about everywhere) upside down... https://t.co/aJnG5KxnkP
— Alex Kontorovich (@AlexKontorovich) January 7, 2020
An interesting post. Contains speculations that are sure to be controversial, but @viktorblasjo backs them up with historical evidence and Galileo-style experiments of his own. https://t.co/NKIQsRMc30
— Steven Strogatz (@stevenstrogatz) June 2, 2019
The Case Against Galileo https://t.co/8ZD4NK9FAL via @benorlin
Based on the excellent series of @viktorblasjo podcasts about Galileo, which are extremely entertaining and humorous, as well as educational.
— William Rose (@dodecahedra) April 30, 2019
— Math History Facts (@MathHistFacts) March 31, 2020
I enjoyed the podcast thoroughly, thanks for doing it.
— Christian Jäh (@ChristianJaeh) February 26, 2020
I loved this series. Looking forward to the next one! https://t.co/fgt8lCvgDy
— Alex Cutbill (@intersectarian) February 17, 2020
I listened to the first couple of episodes of @viktorblasjo podcast today, and two things that I value occured: (1) doubt in my prior knowledge, and (2) laughter. Excellent combo. https://t.co/3JFyfMyCVi
— Jesper Hjortsberg (@jeppehjortsberg) January 9, 2020
The Overwhelming Historical Evidence that Galileo was a Hack: "In the shade-throwing first season of Opinionated History of Mathematics, historian of mathematics Viktor Blåsjö gives an anti-Galilean polemic of genuine scholarship and unblinking savagery." https://t.co/gWTPHlFbrO
— Jennifer Ouellette (@JenLucPiquant) March 20, 2019
— The Aperiodical (@aperiodical) June 17, 2020
Absolutely loving the second season @viktorblasjo’s Opinionated History of Mathematics podcast – the first season was cool, but all the ragging on Galileo got a bit tiring for me eventually. Just finished the recent(ish) episode about oral geometry, completely delightful!
— Rachel Kurchin (@rachel_kurchin) July 6, 2020
While I often find revisionist takes to be unimpressive contrarianism, this is a hilarious project. #Galileo debunked. Polemical, humorously dry, somewhat strange. Do recommend! https://t.co/DCZ2Yp4gFx
— Kaj Simon Bäuerle (@ksbaeuerle) August 25, 2020
Wish there were more podcasts like this about 17th C maths/physics
— Scott McCue (@swmccue) November 1, 2020
Can confirm! Viktor is the iconoclast that history of science needs. https://t.co/8E1Wgggp5u
— Ben Hambrecht (@BenHambrecht) November 11, 2020
“Euclid’s Postulate 4 is super weird. It says: ‘all right angles are equal.’What kind of a postulate is that? 90 degrees equals 90 degrees? A right angle is equal to itself?” Smart, opinionated insights on what Euclid really meant, by @viktorblasjo https://t.co/DBujRLRyXP
— Steven Strogatz (@stevenstrogatz) January 21, 2021
This podcast needs more attention. I'm only a few minutes in and it's one of the funniest pieces on mathematics I've ever encountered, in any medium. https://t.co/5M97DO3XPK
— Tim Novikoff (@TimNovikoff) February 17, 2021