July 06, 2022
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Living Proof: the Isaac Newton Institute podcast

#43 Communicating maths: a journalist’s perspective, an interview with Tom Whipple

*Episode published 06/07/22*

In episode #43 of Living Proof, **Maha Kaouri **and **Christie Marr** speak to **Tom Whipple**, Science Editor at The Times. Tom read Maths at Cambridge and has been covering science for the Times since 2011. He was recently involved in a Newton Gateway/V-KEMS/RAMP Virtual Study Group on The Public Perception of Science, where he presented a challenge on Communicating Mathematics. Tom was then invited to the Institute to learn more about all the mathematics programmes and activities INI hosts.**00:20** – Welcome**00:50** – The journey from a mathematics undergraduate to a scientific journalist**03:36** – The challenge of communicating mathematics**07:57 **– The public perception of mathematics**10:46 **– Reflecting on the benefits of a mathematics degree**13:59 **– What makes a great maths story? How to persuade an editor?**20:32** – The impact of COVID-19 on scientific journalism & the public understanding of mathematics**26:01** – Maths-related topics & engaging the audience