Wednesday’s Podcast: Mathematics and Pandemics

On this week’s episode of Pandemics and the Liberal Arts, I enjoying chatting with my colleague Nathan Gossett, chair of Bethel’s Department of Math and Computer Science.

It’s hard to think of another time when math has been so prominent in American public discourse, so it seemed like a good moment to talk with Nathan about how the COVID pandemic is underscoring the importance of numeracy. He helped us think about making sense of large numbers and exponential growth, how to read a graph with a logarithmic scale, and explained how math models help public health authorities predict and mitigate the spread of disease.

You can stream or download this episode of Pandemics and Liberal Arts from Podbean or Apple Podcasts. Come back next week for our final episode, on the importance of art in the age of COVID.