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Sum Of All Parts - ABC RN

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Sum of All Parts tells extraordinary stories about the unseen influence that numbers have on the way we think, feel and behave. 

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2.0 The Infinite God

23:51 | Sep 28th, 2017

A musician gives up the rock n' roll dream for number theory, and a glimpse of the infinite.

9.4 Remembering Maryam Mirzakhani (SOAP presents.. Ockham's Razor)

13:41 | Jun 28th

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani was the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal. She died in 2017.

9.3 Zillions (SOAP presents.. The Allusionist)

18:26 | Jun 21st

Zillion. Squillion. Kajillion. What are these numbers?

9.2 Wrong Number (SOAP presents.. Twenty Thousand Hertz)

28:24 | Jun 14th

From calls intended for a phone sex line, to mis-tweeted phone numbers, these stories are from the world of wrong numbers.

9.1 Six Degrees (SOAP presents.. Undiscovered)

36:54 | Jun 7th

“Six degrees of separation” is the idea that you can connect any two people in the world by no more than six friend-to-friend steps. But how does the concept hold up when you dig into the science?

9.0 Presenting.. SOAP presents..

1:45 | Jun 7th

Coming in late 2018: Sum of All Parts season 2! But in the meantime, a special treat - SOAP presents.. A month of our favourite stories from the world of numbers made by friends of the show.

8.0 A tale of two drugs [BONUS]

29:17 | Nov 30th, 2017

Two drugs; the old and the new, the known and the unknown. And the delicate tipping point between efficiency and chaos. This story was produced for the ABC podcast Science Friction.

7.1 Two Trains [BONUS]

10:22 | Nov 6th, 2017

Two Trains tells the story of income inequality along the New York City 2 Train.

7.0 The sound of seizure

25:39 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Brant Guichard has heard The Music for as long as he can remember.

6.1 Slow down, George Solo-son [BONUS]

5:40 | Oct 30th, 2017

Did George Harrison "cheat" the solo to A Hard Day's Night?

6.0 Magical Mystery Chord

22:24 | Oct 26th, 2017

No one’s sure exactly how the most famous chord in popular music was played. Until now.

5.0 Give an inch, take a millimetre..

23:06 | Oct 17th, 2017

The United States digs its heels in over measurement - or does it? (This episode is a co-production with the podcast 99% Invisible).

4.0 Very Superstitious.. (Friday the 13th Special)

11:22 | Oct 12th, 2017

Rational people test their superstitions.

3.0 Phoenix + Electron

31:34 | Oct 5th, 2017

Melbourne, 1989. Two teenagers hack Australia's recently established internet connection, and infiltrate some of the world’s most secure computer networks.

2.1 Smells Like Teen Multitrack [BONUS]

3:35 | Oct 2nd, 2017

As teenagers, the rock star and the podcast producer share an important discovery. This is a BONUS mini-episode! Listen to 2.0 The Infinite God first..

1.0 Shoal Attack!

31:55 | Sep 28th, 2017

A school of fish help the Australian netball team win a gold medal.

0.0 A better way to count

11:13 | Sep 21st, 2017

These people count in twelves not tens.