Thursday, May 26, 2011

Listening ideas for 26 May 2011

In Our Time
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Xenophon. With Paul Cartledge, Edith Hall and Simon Goldhill.
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The Partially Examined Life
Bertrand Russell on Math and Logic
Discussing Russell’s Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (1919), ch. 1-3 and 13-18. How do mathematical concepts like number relate to the real world? Russell wants to derive math from logic, and identifies a number as a set of similar sets of objects, e.g. “3? just IS the set of all trios. Hilarity then ensues. This book is a shortened and much easier to read version of Russell and Whitehead’s much more famous Principia Mathematica, and given that we can’t exactly walk through the specific steps of lots of proofs on a purely audio podcast (nor would we want to put you through that), we spend some of the discussion comparing analytic (with its tendency to over-logicize) and continental (with its tendency towards obscurity) philosophy.
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The Total Football Soccer Show
Gold Cup Roster and Champions League Preview
The usual foursome assemble ins studio to break down the USA's Gold Cup roster (with some nice audio from the Bob Bradley announcement press conference) and preview this weekend's Champions League Final: Barcelona v Manchester United. That noise in the background is Taylor's knees knocking...
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