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The Invisible Universe
Project Nim
The Art of Persuasion
Born to Be Wild
The Lost Tribes of Humanity
Nascar The IMAX Experience
Dinosaurs Alive
Escaping ISIS
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
Clash of the Gods: Odysseus I
Becoming Human: First Steps
The Knowledge of Healing
Dark Net Rewire
Sex in Space
Behind Closed Doors
Deep Earth
The Normans: Normans of the South
Vegan 2017 The Film
Messengers
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
The Arctic
Bear Necessities
Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World
The Death of the Oceans
Life: Challenges of Life
Solving the Secrets
WWII In 3D
Giants
The 21st Century Race for Space
Virunga
Jacques-Louis David
Reagan Gorbachev and Third World: Rise Of The Right
Putins Way
Bugs a Rainforest Adventure
Daft Punk Unchained

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The Language of Science
The Language of Science 2017

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. Its legacy is tangible, with terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali all being Arabic in origin and at the very heart of modern science - there would be no modern mathematics or physics without algebra, no computers without algorithms and no chemistry without alkalis. For Baghdad-born Al-Khalili, this is also a personal journey, and on his travels he uncovers a diverse and outward-looking culture, fascinated by learning and obsessed with science. From the great mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, who did much to establish the mathematical tradition we now know as algebra, to Ibn Sina, a pioneer of early medicine whose Canon of Medicine was still in use as recently as the 19th century, Al-Khalili pieces together a remarkable story of the often-overlooked achievements of the early medieval Islamic scientists.

Category:History  Duration:58:38   Series: Science and Islam

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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