Passion: Numbers

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Blossom Dearie sings about that great integer eight; Robert Kaplan wrote aboutThe Nothing That is: the History of Zero. We’re talking about the magic of numbers. They are transcendental and irrational, even imaginary numbers are real. We punch them and crunch them– integrate and differentiate them. Pick the lucky ones you win millions, the wrong ones and you’re the odd man out. the passion for numbers is the next installment in our Passion Thursdays series.


Douglas Hofstdater

Douglas Hofstadter will be joining us by phone from Palo Alto, CA.

He is Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award for his work of nonfiction Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid.

Bob Dorough

You know Bob Dorough. He’s a lgendary hipster jazz pianist, known to an entire generation as the brains behind the Multiplication Rock hits: My Hero Zero, Naughty Number Nine, and Three is a Magic Number. He’ll be joining us from Albuquerque, NM.

Jay Keyser

In our studios in Allston , MA we are thrilled to be joined by Jay Keyser. He’s Professor of Linguistics; Special Assistant to the Provost; Peter de Florez Chair; Phonology, Lexical Theory, Poetics at MIT.

Fantastic Fran

Last but not least, joining us from Detroit, MI is numerologist Fantastic Fran. She’s been using numbers for over a decade to help people sort out their past, present and future.

Suggested Reading

Writer Aimee Bender is a favorite among numberphiles. In her Novel An Invisible Sign of My Own,protagonist Mona Gray is a math teacher who almost exclusively defines her world through numbers. Bender is the author of the forthcoming book Willful Creatures: Stories.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please call in to tell us what numbers mean to you.

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