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Story of Maths

Season 1
From economics to algorithms, it's impossible to think of a part of our world that isn’t influenced by mathematics. But what’s the human history behind the numbers? From Plato to Pythagoras, Descartes to Newton, in this BBC science documentary leading mathematician Marcus du Sautoy investigates the great minds that have used math to bring pattern and order to our chaotic world.
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  1. S1 E1 - The Language of the Universe
    October 5, 2008
    58min
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    In the first episode of this fascinating BBC science documentary, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy goes back in time to a pivotal moment in ancient Egypt and Greek history. Decimal systems are created, while the way we tell time today is based on a Babylonian Base 60 number system. What would our lives be like without the fundamental theories of math giants such as Archimedes and Pythagoras?
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  2. S1 E2 - The Genius of the East
    October 12, 2008
    57min
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    In the next instalment of this BBC science documentary, Marcus du Sautoy discovers how, as Europe fell into the Dark Ages, the development of math was taken up enthusiastically in the East. India came up with symbols for zero and concepts of infinity, while numeracy helped to build the Great Wall of China. How did these developments influence western thinkers of the Middle Ages such as Fibonacci?
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  3. S1 E3 - The Frontiers of Space
    October 19, 2008
    59min
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    In 17th Century Europe a mathematical revolution was taking place. Descartes was fusing math and philosophy, Newton was developing calculus and Fermat developed his theorem that would baffle mathematicians for more than 350 years. In the latest chapter of this enthralling BBC science documentary, Marcus du Sautoy considers what it was about this time that saw such brilliant minds collide.
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  4. S1 E4 - To Infinity & Beyond
    October 26, 2008
    58min
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    In the final part of this BBC science documentary, Marcus du Sautoy investigates the great problems of mathematics that remain unsolved and the minds that tried to decipher them, including Cantor's work on infinity and conjecture about chaos theory from Poincare. But will anyone ever reconcile Riemann's hypothesis on prime numbers, which carries with it a $1million prize for whoever can crack it?
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Producers
Catherine McCarthyDavid Okuefuna
Starring
Marcus du Sautoy
Studio
Open University
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