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Numberphile is an educational YouTube channel featuring videos that explore topics from a variety of fields of mathematics. In the early days of the channel, each video focused on a specific number, but the channel has since expanded its scope, featuring videos on more advanced mathematical concepts such as Fermat's Last Theorem and the Riemann hypothesis. The videos are produced by Brady Haran, a former BBC video journalist, and feature several university professors, math communicators, and famous mathematicians.

In 2018, Haran released an audio podcast titled The Numberphile Podcast.[1]

YouTube channel

The Numberphile YouTube channel was started on September 15, 2011. Most videos consist of Haran interviewing an expert on a number, mathematical theorem, or other mathematical concept. The expert usually draws out their explanation on a large piece of brown paper and attempt to make the concepts understandable to the average, non-mathematician viewer. It is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Math for America.[2][3]

The channel was nominated for a Shorty Award in Education in 2016.[4] The New York Times has said, "At Numberphile, mathematicians discourse, enthusiastically and winningly, on numbers".[5]


The channel has featured a wide array of mathematicians, computer scientists, scientists, and science writers, including:[6]

  • Alex Bellos
  • Elwyn Berlekamp
  • Brian Butterworth
  • John Conway
  • Ed Copeland
  • Persi Diaconis
  • Rob Eastaway
  • Laurence Eaves
  • David Eisenbud
  • Edward Frenkel
  • Hannah Fry
  • Lisa Goldberg
  • Ron Graham
  • Don Knuth
  • Holly Krieger
  • Barry Mazur
  • Steve Mould
  • Colm Mulcahy
  • Matt Parker
  • Ken Ribet
  • Tom Scott
  • Carlo H. Séquin
  • Jim Simons
  • Simon Singh
  • Neil Sloane
  • Clifford Stoll
  • Terence Tao
  • Tadashi Tokieda
  • Mariel Vázquez
  • Zvezdelina Stankova

The Numberphile Podcast

Haran started a podcast titled The Numberphile Podcast in 2018 as a sister project. The podcast more heavily focus on the lives and personalities of some of the subjects of the videos.[8]

No.TitleRun TimeOriginal release date
1"The Hope Diamond (with 3Blue1Brown)"1:03:2012 December 2018 (2018-12-12)
2"Fermat’s Last Theorem (with Ken Ribet)"48:2212 February 2018 (2018-14-12)
3"Delicious Problems (with Hannah Fry)"52:0012 May 2018 (2018-17-12)
4"The Klein Bottle Guy (with Cliff Stoll)"59:0819 January 2019 (2019-01-19)
5"The Math Storyteller (with Simon Singh)"1:11:3611 February 2019 (2019-02-11)
6"Parker Square (with Matt Parker)"52:0424 February 2019 (2019-02-24)
7"A Proof in the Drawer (with David Eisenbud)"1:15:208 April 2019 (2019-04-08)
8"The Offensive Lineman (with John Urschel)"36:4314 May 2019 (2019-05-14)
9"The Singing Banana (with James Grime)"1:13:2120 May 2019 (2019-05-20)
10"The C-Word (talking Calculus with Steven Strogatz)"51:1717 June 2019 (2019-06-17)
11"The Number Collector (with Neil Sloane)"55:3614 August 2019 (2019-08-14)


  1. ^ "The Numberphile Podcast". Brady Haran. Retrieved 2018-12-25.
  2. ^ Numberphile sponsors Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
  3. ^ Numberphile Nominated in Education 8Th Annual Shorty Awards
  4. ^ The 8th Annual Shorty Award Alexis Joy, January 19, 2016
  5. ^ Genres Stretch, for Better and Worse, as YouTube Takes On TV By Mike Hale, New York Times, April 24, 2012
  6. ^ Guest speakers on Numberphile MSRI
  7. ^ "Podcast". Numberphile. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  8. ^ Haran, Brady. "The Numberphile Podcast". Brady Haran. Retrieved 10 September 2019.

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