^{ Type post Author News Date March 16, 2021 Categorized Arts & Culture, Mathematics Tagged __featured, Andrew Wiles, Clay Mathematics Institute, Fermat's Last Tango (musical), Fermat's Last Theorem, Gregory Chaitin, Millennium Prize Problems, Pierre de Fermat, Poincaré Conjecture, Robert J. Marks }

## Hard Math Can Be Entertaining — With the Right Musical Score!

_{Gregory Chaitin discusses with Robert J. Marks the fun side of solving hard math problems, some of which come with million-dollar prizes}

_{ News March 16, 2021 Arts & Culture, Mathematics }

In last week’s podcast,, “The Chaitin Interview II: Defining Randomness,” Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks interviewed mathematician and computer scientist Gregory Chaitin on his method of describing true randomness:. If no theory is simpler than the data you are trying to explain, then the data is random. They also discussed the work of true randomness but also on how Ray Solomonoff (1926–2009), another algorithmic information theory founder, who pursued the “shortest effective string of information that describes an object.” But now, for a lighter touch, we learn that a musical comedy was made of Fermat’s Last Theorem. https://episodes.castos.com/mindmatters/Mind-Matters-125-Gregory-Chaitin.mp3 This portion begins at 19:24 min. A partial transcript, Show Notes, and Additional Resources follow. Robert J. Marks: If you…