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Mathematics and Mathematicians in Old Time Radio

Math is the universal language, but it will never be able to express the wide range of emotion and fun we find in Old Time Radio.

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(total playtime 7 hours, 52 min)
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Pig Math!

Math TextbookSeveral philosophers maintain that if there is a universal truth, the language in which it will be expressed is mathematics. No matter what culture or faith you are brought up in, it is hard to refute the facts when they are presented with mathematical precision. Math is a truly universal language, and sooner or later, a mathematician will find a way to measure and describe every element in human experience using the cold, hard figures of mathematics.

Not everyone has the same appreciation for numbers and figures as a trained mathematician, of course. Mathematicians specialize in recognizing patterns and using logic and abstraction to explain and measure those patterns. Not everyone's mind is able to get a hold on such abstractions, but that is the flavor of life.

  • One of the most beloved stories in the English language, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, was created by an Oxford mathematician Lewis Caroll for his young friends, Edith and Alice Liddell when he took the young girls on a picnic. 
  • One of the amazing things about mathematics is that the truths it reveals are open to anyone who can understand its magic language, no matter what their background. Lest We Forget tells the story of a black child who had a knack for numbers and dreamed of using them to make the world a better place but got sidetracked into making a living in the boxing ring.
  • People who can do figures in their heads are amazing to those who struggle with math. When a criminal steals a savant patient from the mental institution, it is a simple matter for Mr. District Attorney to follow the crook to a sideshow and then a night club where the crook is making a profit off his hapless victim in "The Money Machine".
  • Ronald Colman in Halls of IvyMath is the basis of finance, which is a little beyond Lucille Ball's Liz Cooper on My Favorite Husband. Liz goes to night school to improve her mathematical prowess and winds up entered in a math contest! What could go wrong?
  • Philo Vance comes up against a conman whose game is to trick the marks using a simple math trick but has moved up to murder in "The Mathematical Murder Case".
  • Although a mathematical mind can reside in a body of either sex, life at Halls of Ivy University is sent topsy-turvy when the new head of the mathematics department turns out to be a pretty woman. Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with a woman in charge of the mathematics department; as Benita Hume as Mrs. Hall points out, the world depends upon them for multiplication.
  • Lux Radio Theatre takes us behind the scenes in Hollywood in their adaptation of The Stand-In (1937) where a financier with a fool-proof mathematical formula for success takes over a poverty row movie studio, but his new studio secretary shows him that the human factor can be more important than the figures in his formula.
  • Math problems were the worst problems many of us faced in grammar school, but the gang at Quiz Kids have a way of surprising and delighting the audience with the way they deal with figures.

See also mathematician Sir Bertrand Russell Recordings.

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    total playtime 7 hours, 52 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 7 hours 52 minutes
      1. FMM 560117 1334 Solving Math Problem.mp3
      2. Ft 480610 070 Once Upon Golden Afternoon.mp3
      3. Ft 480909 083 Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet.mp3
      4. Green Hornet 521107 1033 Simple Clue.mp3
      5. Halls Of Ivy 520618 109 Math Professor.mp3
      6. La 441017 0706 Arithmetic Problem.mp3
      7. Lest We Forget American Dream 470000 10 Story Carolina Kid.mp3
      8. Lux Radio Theater 410407 302 Standin.mp3
      9. Mr District Attorney 510411 663 Case Of Money Machine.mp3
      10. My Favorite Husband 501118 106 Liz Goes To Night School.mp3
      11. One Mans Family 500604 B074c10 That Crayton Man Again.mp3
      12. Philo Vance 500314 Mathematical Murder Case.mp3
      13. Proudly We Hail 500528 0086 Manly Art.mp3
      14. Quiz Kids 480425 410 What City Has New Jack In Box.mp3
      15. Quiz Kids 481212 443 2 Buckets Water Different Temperatures.mp3
      16. Strange As It Seems 043 Child Math Wonder.mp3
      17. Vic And Sade 440714 Sade Short Changed.mp3
      18. WC Fields Math Problems.mp3
      19. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Alice In Wonderland.mp3
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    19 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 7 hours, 52 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 7 hours 52 minutes
      1. FMM 560117 1334 Solving Math Problem.mp3
      2. Ft 480610 070 Once Upon Golden Afternoon.mp3
      3. Ft 480909 083 Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet.mp3
      4. Green Hornet 521107 1033 Simple Clue.mp3
      5. Halls Of Ivy 520618 109 Math Professor.mp3
      6. La 441017 0706 Arithmetic Problem.mp3
      7. Lest We Forget American Dream 470000 10 Story Carolina Kid.mp3
      8. Lux Radio Theater 410407 302 Standin.mp3
      9. Mr District Attorney 510411 663 Case Of Money Machine.mp3
      10. My Favorite Husband 501118 106 Liz Goes To Night School.mp3
      11. One Mans Family 500604 B074c10 That Crayton Man Again.mp3
      12. Philo Vance 500314 Mathematical Murder Case.mp3
      13. Proudly We Hail 500528 0086 Manly Art.mp3
      14. Quiz Kids 480425 410 What City Has New Jack In Box.mp3
      15. Quiz Kids 481212 443 2 Buckets Water Different Temperatures.mp3
      16. Strange As It Seems 043 Child Math Wonder.mp3
      17. Vic And Sade 440714 Sade Short Changed.mp3
      18. WC Fields Math Problems.mp3
      19. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Alice In Wonderland.mp3
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    19 recordings on 8 Audio CDs
    total playtime 7 hours, 52 min

    Math in OTR Disc A001

    1. Strange As It Seems 043 Child Math Wonder
    2. WC Fields Math Problems
    3. White Fires Of Inspiration 370000 Alice In Wonderland

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    Math in OTR Disc A002

    1. Lux Radio Theater 410407 302 Standin

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    Math in OTR Disc A003

    1. Vic And Sade 440714 Sade Short Changed
    2. La 441017 0706 Arithmetic Problem
    3. Lest We Forget American Dream 470000 10 Story Carolina Kid
    4. Quiz Kids 480425 410 What City Has New Jack In Box

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    Math in OTR Disc A004

    1. Ft 480610 070 Once Upon Golden Afternoon
    2. Ft 480909 083 Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet

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    Math in OTR Disc A005

    1. Quiz Kids 481212 443 2 Buckets Water Different Temperatures
    2. Philo Vance 500314 Mathematical Murder Case

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    Math in OTR Disc A006

    1. Proudly We Hail 500528 0086 Manly Art
    2. One Mans Family 500604 B074c10 That Crayton Man Again

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    Math in OTR Disc A007

    1. My Favorite Husband 501118 106 Liz Goes To Night School
    2. Mr District Attorney 510411 663 Case Of Money Machine

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    Math in OTR Disc A008

    1. Halls Of Ivy 520618 109 Math Professor
    2. Green Hornet 521107 1033 Simple Clue
    3. FMM 560117 1334 Solving Math Problem

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