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``No one but he who has partaken thereof, can understand the keen delight of hunting in the lonely lands.''

-Theodore Roosevelt

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is a podcast filled with scientific brain candy.

Each episode is short and sweet.

Each episode was created just for you.



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PATRICK KREITZBERG
KYLE LUCKE
JAKE PENNINGTON &
OLIVER SERANG\\

ARE EXPLORING SCIENTIFIC WILDERNESS
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

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EPISODE 41: THE ONE ABOUT PATRICK KREITZBERG

A letter of recommendation for Patrick Kreitzberg, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Montana.

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EPISODE 40: THE ONE ABOUT KYLE LUCKE

A letter of recommendation for Kyle Lucke, a masters student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Montana.

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EPISODE 39: THE ONE ABOUT ROOSTER PENNINGTON

A letter of recommendation for Jake Rooster Pennington, a masters student in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Montana.

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EPISODE 38: THE ONE WHERE THEY TALK ABOUT WHAT IT IS TO BE A SCIENTIST

Why does someone become a scientist? What would motivate a person to spend years to shave some time off of an algorithm? And what does this have to do with being a ``soul surfer''? A sincere thank you to our fellow soul surfers, Megan Louise and Johnny Jewel from the band Desire and the record label Italians Do It Better. You guys are great, and music is medicine. Listen to their catalog here.

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EPISODE 37: THE ONE WHERE THEY GO THE WRONG WAY DOWN A ONE WAY STREET

What is a ``one way'' function? What does it have to do with ``guess and check'' from grade school math? And what's that got to do with cryptography and how it's attacked?

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EPISODE 36: THE ONE WHERE OLIVER INTERVIEWS MARK KAYLL

A chat with Mark Kayll, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Montana, about his career in science.

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EPISODE 35: THE ONE WHERE THEY MAKE DIGITAL VIRUSES

How do computer viruses spread themselves without access to their own source code? And what does this have to do with how human couples have kids? And what's that got to do with special programs called quines and Ouroboroses?

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EPISODE 34: THE ONE WHERE THEY PESTER A BARTENDER

When is an infinite number of things still finite in size? And what does this have to do with flipping a coin until it comes up heads?

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EPISODE 33: THE ONE WHERE OLIVER INTERVIEWS JOHNATHAN BARDSLEY

A chat with Johnathan Bardsley, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Montana, about his career in science.

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EPISODE 32: THE ONE WHERE THEY SORT YOUR HALLOWEEN CANDY

Partitioning your Halloween candy into "clusters" of similar candy (e.g., chocolates together, hard candies together, etc.) is a difficult task. What does this have to do with finding duplicate songs and finding molecules with similar molecular structures? And how in the world could this be done without comparing every pair of candies to see how similar they are to one another?

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EPISODE 31: THE ONE WHERE THEY SELL STUFF

Sometimes, searching a reduced state space makes things easier: finding the best Italian restaurant in town is a little easier than finding the best restaurant in town overall. But sometimes, this can make it more difficult. But what does this have to do with finding the most efficient order to visit several places?

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EPISODE 30: THE ONE WHERE OLIVER INTERVIEWS CORY PALMER

A chat with Cory Palmer, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Montana, about his career in science.

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EPISODE 29: THE ONE WHERE THEY-- "HEY MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM! HEY, HEY MOM!"

What does a bunch of pestering kids have to do with one of the most common attacks in modern cybersecurity? And how has this been used by nation states to attack on organizations with which the state disagrees?

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EPISODE 28: THE ONE WHERE YOU GET HUSTLED OUT OF FIVE BUCKS

What do a shell game and an old jazz song have to do with the design of programming languages? And what does that have to do with the tradeoff between the ability to implement complex data structures and the ability to implement high-performance code?

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EPISODE 27: THE ONE WHERE OLIVER INTERVIEWS DOUGLAS BRINGKERHOFF

A chat with Douglas Brinkerhoff, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montana, about his career in science.

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EPISODE 26: THE ONE WHERE THEY MAKE CHANGE

How can we make $7.63 in change using the fewest coins and notes possible? And what does this have to do with greedy algorithms and figuring out which elements could be in a chemical compound?

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EPISODE 25: THE ONE WHERE THEY BUY HOT DOGS AND BUNS

Hot dogs are sold in multiples of 8 and buns are sold in multiples of 10 (or was it 10 hot dogs and 8 buns?). How can we get the number of hot dogs and buns to align? And what does this have to do with number theory and the cryptography used to protect you online?

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EPISODE 24: THE ONE WHERE OLIVER INTERVIEWS TRAVIS WHEELER

A chat with Travis Wheeler, Associate Professor of Computer Science, about his career in science.

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EPISODE 23: THE ONE WHERE THEY ROLL A BALL DOWN A HILL

How can rolling a ball downhill solve important multivariate problems? And what does it have to do with the core idea behind neural networks?

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EPISODE 22: THE ONE WHERE THEY FIND OUT HOW BIG A LAKE IS

You've probably computed the area of a rectangle or a circle before. But how could you estimate the are of an irregular shape? And what does this have to do with throwing darts blindfolded?

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EPISODE 21: THE ONE WHERE THEY FIGHT THE GREAT GRANDFATHER OF THE TERMINATOR

You've probably gotten a spam email or two. So how do we detect if an email is spam? And what does that have to do with classifiers, machine learning, overfitting, CAPTCHAs, and the Turing test, and artificial intelligence?

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EPISODE 20: THE ONE WHERE OLIVER INTERVIEWS ALDEN WRIGHT

A chat with Alden Wright, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Montana about his career in science.

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EPISODE 19: THE ONE WHERE THEY-- INEVITABLY, IRREVOCABLY-- BECOME EXPERT COUNTERFEITERS

You're in a room with 99 other people-- what are the chances someone shares your birthday? And what are the chances that any pair of people share a birthday? And what does this have to do with forging digital documents?

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EPISODE 18: THE ONE WHERE THEY EAT THE BEST COOKIES

How can you figure out the identity of a baker by looking only at the cookies that they bake? And how can this be used to predict the weather or to do speech recognition?

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EPISODE 17: THE ONE WHERE OLIVER INTERVIEWS JESSE JOHNSON

A chat with Jesse Johnson, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montana about his career in science.

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EPISODE 16: THE ONE WHERE THE BARBER DOESN'T KNOW WHETHER TO SHAVE

Should a barber shave himself? And what does that mean for making a program that defies anyone?

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EPISODE 15: THE ONE WHERE THEY HOLD A TIED ELECTION

How many ways are there to count the votes in a tied election so that one candidate is never behind? And what does this have to do with combinatorics and walking home on a grid of city blocks?

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EPISODE 14: THE ONE WHERE THEY DO LAUNDRY

How do we make computers faster every year? And what does it have to do with ways to do your laundry, with the rise of GPUs, and with the battle between 4 pigs and 4096 chickens?

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EPISODE 13: THE ONE WHERE PATRICK INTERVIEWS OLIVER

A chat with Oliver Serang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montana about his career in science.

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EPISODE 12: THE ONE WHERE THEY RUN A DINER

A diner has too many people dining alone, and so they can't seat a family of four. What does that have to do with why it's slow to copy a movie to your USB stick?

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EPISODE 11: WHERE JUMBLED ONE EVERYTHING THE IS

There's a lot of data online: people's blogs, emails, and social media posts. So how do companies mine that text for information? And what does it have to do with the gothic tone of Dracula and Frankenstein?

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EPISODE 10: THE ONE WHERE THEY PESTER THE ICE CREAM GIRL

Imagine you have a coupon for free ice cream, but you have to spend exactly $17.25. How can you solve this and get your free ice cream? And what does it have to do with chemistry?

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EPISODE 9: THE ONE WHERE THEY CUT THE CAKE

Cutting things in half is such an important idea, it shows up all over the place. So what does it have to do with cake, wine cellars, cootie testing, and the number of particles in the universe?

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EPISODE 8: THE ONE WHERE THEY START THE SECOND SEASON

Welcome back!

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EPISODE 7: THE ONE WHERE THEY SAY THE FIRST SEASON IS OVER (END OF SEASON 1)

The end of season 1-- leave any feedback on iTunes or on Google Play... or on Tigr!

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EPISODE 6: THE ONE WHERE THEY USE UNCOOKED SPAGHETTI. TO BREAK MILITARY-GRADE ENCRYPTION.

We've already heard about turning sausages back into pigs... But how can we use the world around us (e.g., half a box of uncooked spaghetti noodles) to do all the work?

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EPISODE 5: THE ONE WHERE THEY GIVE AWAY ENVELOPES FILLED WITH CASH

Someone offers you an envelope filled with cash... but there's chance that a second envelope has more $ in it. Do you switch?

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EPISODE 4: THE ONE WHERE THEY ASSEMBLE IKEA FURNITURE

You have a pile of bolts and a pile of hex nuts and they don't all fit together. How do you pair them up?

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EPISODE 3: THE ONE WHERE THEY BREED ALL THOSE RABBITS

Fibonacci numbers come up in the strangest places. What do they have to do with breeding rabbits, converting between miles and kilometers, and how Google works?

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EPISODE 2: THE ONE WHERE THEY FIX ONLINE DATING

Multiple testing failure is one of the biggest threats to scientific progress. But what does it have to do with online dating?

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EPISODE 1: THE ONE WHERE THEY TURN SAUSAGES BACK INTO PIGS

The word ``Bayesian'' is everywhere these days. But what does it mean? And what does it have to do with turning sausages back into pigs?

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EPISODE 0: THE ONE WHERE THEY TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS IS (PILOT)

We all know that every good show starts with a pilot episode. So what exactly is ``scientific wilderness''? Well, the wilderness is all around you if you look closely...

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EXPLORING SCIENTIFIC WILDERNESS is produced by Oliver Serang at the University of Montana Department of Computer Science.




Students Kyle Lucke, Max Thibeau, and Patrick Kretizberg [working together with Jake Pennington and Oliver Serang (not pictured)] mixing the podcast.