Cecil Balmond talks Numbers

I didn’t actually know about this until I accidentally stumbled accross it in iplayer, but Cecil Balmond (my boss when I was in Arup’s AGU (Advanced Geometry Unit), until he went off to do his own thing) did a radio series for the BBC a little while ago about the evolution and use of mathematics in design.  As it turns out, they’re pretty good, and well worth a listen if you’re at all interested in anything ever.

You can listen to all three episodes here.

Episode 3 is where he gets into the sort of things that we actually do for a living, but episode 2 in particular is well worth listening to for the part where Cecil interviews the previously mentioned (and sadly recently deceased) Benoit Mandelbrot.  I geeked out a bit over that part and it sounds like Cecil did too.

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