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Aliens
Is There a Shadow Universe
Land of the Cave-Bear
The Private Life of Plants Living Together
Weapons of Mass Extinction
Life of a Universe End of Days
WWII In 3D
Requiem for the American Dream
Rothko
Heart of a Dog
Planet Ocean
Ancient Aliens Debunked: Nazca Lines
Ancient Aliens Debunked: Anunnaki
Artic
Intimate Relations
Pluto and Beyond
Bomb It
Into the Abyss
Boko Haram and Unnatural Selection
One Life on the Limit
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 5
Building the Sun The 250 Million Degree Problem
Humpback Whales
When Did Time Begin
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
Little Das Hunt
Mission Pluto
Is Anybody Out There
Great Plains
Great Plains
IMAX Hubble
Age of Empire
The Birth of Israel
Life: Hunters and Hunted
Planet Earth II Islands
Happy People A Year in the Taiga

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The Story of Maths The Genius of the East
The Story of Maths The Genius of the East 2008

When ancient Greece fell into decline, mathematical progress stagnated as Europe entered the Dark Ages, but in the East mathematics reached new heights. In the second episode, Du Sautoy explores how maths helped build imperial China and discovers how the symbol for the number zero was invented in India. He also looks at the Middle Eastern invention of algebra and how mathematicians such as Fibonacci spread Eastern knowledge to the West.

Category:Science  Duration:57:15   Series: The Story of Maths

The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space
The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space 2008

In the third episode we will see Europe by the 17th century taking over from the Middle East as the powerhouse of mathematical ideas. Great strides had been made in understanding the geometry of objects fixed in time and space. The race was on to discover the mathematics to describe objects in motion. This programme explores the work of Rene Descartes, Pierre Fermat, Isaac Newton, Leonard Euler and Carl Friedrich Gauss. Du Sautoy proceeds to describes René Descartes realisation that it was possible to describe curved lines as equations and thus link algebra and geometry. He talks with Henk J. M. Bos about Descartes. He shows how one of Pierre de Fermat’s theorems is now the basis for the codes that protect credit card transactions on the internet. He describes Isaac Newton’s development of math and physics crucial to understanding the behaviour of moving objects in engineering. He covers the Leibniz and Newton calculus controversy and the Bernoulli family. He further covers Leonhard Euler, the father of topology, and Gauss' invention of a new way of handling equations, modular arithmetic. The further contribution of Gauss to our understanding of how prime numbers are distributed is covered thus providing the platform for Bernhard Riemann's theories on prime numbers. In addition Riemann worked on the properties of objects, which he saw as manifolds that could exist in multi-dimensional space.

Category:Science  Duration:59:00   Series: The Story of Maths

 
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