THE STORY OF MATH
Episode 1:The Language of the Universe
Traveling from Mesopotamia to Egypt and then to Greece, Professor du Sautoy shows how mathematics evolved from a practical problem-solver for weights and measures to a truly conceptual science.
Episode 2:The Genius of the East
While Europe languished in the Dark Ages, thinkers in China, India, and the Islamic world pushed mathematical frontiers. Besides giving us the concepts of zero and infinity, they translated geometry into numbers (and back) with trigonometry and provided a mathematical grammar with algebra.
THE STORY OF MATH
Episode 3:The Frontiers of Space
Can mathematics precisely describe a body in motion? To answer that question, Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz independently devised calculus in the 17th century. Over the following 200 years, however, mathematicians began to rethink Euclidian concepts, conceiving of new geometries to describe unseen dimensions.
Episode 4:To Infinity and Beyond
Tackling the great unsolved problems of the 20th century, mathematicians have distinguished between different kinds and sizes of infinities, begun mapping the hidden structures behind numbers and their relationships, and introduced the concepts of chaos and uncertainty into the most exacting of all sciences.
THE MUSIC OF THE PRIMES
Prime numbers inspired the creation of the computer, mirror the behavior of atoms, and drive every online financial transaction today. But their pattern remains a mystery. A renowned institute still offers a $1 million prize to whoever can definitively crack their code. Here, Marcus du Sautoy and his guests explain the search for harmony in these mysterious numbers.
Part 1: Building on a 2,000-year tradition, the 19th-century German mathematician Bernhard Riemann proposed a hypothesis that has since stumped the world.
Part 2: In the 20th century, the attempt to prove the Riemann hypothesis tragically claimed two great minds, G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Part 3: Advances in computer technology and insights into how atoms behave make proving Riemann’s hypothesis seem tantalizingly close, but still elusive.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 240 minutes, plus 90 minutes bonus programming
Number of discs: 3
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Oxford professor and winner of the London Mathematical Society’s Berwick Prize, Marcus du Sautoy contributes regularly to The Times and The Guardian (UK), has presented many TV and radio programs, and has authored numerous books, including Symmetry.
A Story not told often enough
I was skeptical about a maths documentary at first but this one is Fantastic! Mathematics is one of the oldest art forms of mankind and this documentary brings this long and rich story *alive*, furthermore it manages to make the maths engaging and brings it to life also. I recommend this for anyone who is curious as to just what mathematicians really do
INTERESTING, ENTERTAINING, AND EDUCATION
THIS WOULD BE A GREAT TEACHING TOOL FOR CLASSROOM USE
The subject material is of course, informative, interesting and authoratative. A good review for those who know mathematics and a good grounding for those who don't. Should be seen by all high school math students.