In my quest for podcasts that would be of interest to STEM students, I’ve run across this fourteen minute beauty. Simon Singh in his BBC program Another Five Numbers talks about the mathematical theory of games in a very understandable and pleasant fashion. In this program we learn about zero-sum games, John Nash and his Nash equilibrium, John von Neumann, and how this type of mathematics is used in finance.
Take a listen.
If you are intrigued by this, you might also like these general audience books on the topic:
Prisoner’s Dilemma by William Poundstone: hard copy
If you know of other interesting books, web pages, magazine articles that touch on this topic and would be appealing to a college-bound student, let me know in the comments!