The Story of Maths

  • Published 9 months ago
  • 5.8

"Four-part series on the history of mathematics, presented by Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy.

In the first episode, the language of the universe, after showing how mathematics is fundamental to our lives, du Sautoy explores the mathematics of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece. In Egypt, discloses the use of a decimal system based on the ten fingers, whereas in the former Mesopotamia he discovers that the way that the current time system based on the Babylonian Base 60 number. In Greece, is seen in the contributions of some of the giants of mathematics as Plato, Euclid, Archimedes and Pythagoras, who is credited with the beginning of the transformation of mathematics from a tool to count on the topic of discussion today we know .

The second episode, the genius of the Orient, du Sautoy looks out of the ancient world. When ancient Greece fell into decline, mathematical progress stagnated as Europe entered the Middle Ages, but in the East mathematics reached new heights. Du Sautoy visits China and explores how maths helped build imperial China and was at the center of such feats of engineering as the Great Wall. In India, he discovers how the symbol of the number zero was invented and Indian mathematicians ‘understanding’ of the new concepts of infinity and negative numbers. In the Middle East, which looks at the invention of the new language of algebra and the spread of knowledge from East to West through mathematicians such as Leonardo Fibonacci, creator of the Fibonacci series.

The frontiers of space. In the 17th century, Europe had taken over the Middle East as the world powerhouse of mathematical ideas. There was considerable progress in understanding the geometry of objects fixed in time and space. The race was now on to discover the mathematics to describe objects in motion. In the third part of the series, Marcus du Sautoy explores the work of René Descartes and Pierre de Fermat, whose famous Last Theorem of mathematical puzzles for over 350 years. It also examines the development of Isaac Newton’s calculus, and goes in search of Leonard Euler, the father of topology or “geometry articulated and Carl Friedrich Gauss, who, at age 24, was responsible for inventing a new way of handling equations: modular arithmetic.

The fourth episode, to infinity and beyond, concludes the series. After exploring Georg Cantor’s work on infinity and Henri Poincare’s work on chaos theory, discusses how mathematics was in chaos by the discoveries of Kurt Gödel, who demonstrated that the unknown is an integral part of mathematics, and Paul Cohen, who established that there are several different types of mathematics in which conflicting answers to the same question were possible. He concludes his trip taking into account the great unsolved problems of mathematics today, including the Riemann Hypothesis, a conjecture about the distribution of prime numbers. A prize of one million dollars and a place in the history books await anyone who can prove Riemann’s theorem.

5.8/10 (12 reviews)

From Around the Web

Related Videos

Man With a Movie Camera
youtube icon

Man with a Movie Camera also known as Living Russia is a 1929 silent documentary film by Dziga Vertov. It is often taken a representative documentary of what a day in Soviet Moscow...

  • 552
  • 2 months ago
  • 10.0(1)
The Weight of Chains
youtube icon

The Weight of Chains (2010) is a Canadian history documentary about the breakup of Yugoslavia and the role of the European Union, United States and NATO in it. The director Boris M...

  • 572
  • 2 months ago
  • 10.0(1)
The Nazi Plan
youtube icon

The Nazi Plan (1945) is an American World War documentary directed by Academy Award winner George Stevens. Largely based on the works of the German director Leni Riefenstahl, the f...

  • 744
  • 2 months ago
  • Not Rated
The Conscientious Objector
youtube icon

The Conscientious Objector (2004) is a war documentary telling the story of World War II medic and The Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss. In 1945, Doss was situated in Okinawa and...

  • 510
  • 2 months ago
  • 7.9(1)

1513 Videos / 0 Views
Related Articles
As hard as it is to imagine that there was population on Earth more than 5,000 or 10,000 years, in reality, there are ci...
  • 95
  • 1 week ago
This year, Queen Elizabeth became the longest reigning monarch in British history. The Queen reached the milestone on Se...
  • 298
  • 2 weeks ago
The Moai are the prominent statues of Easter Island off the coast of Chile, South America and are well known around the ...
  • 825
  • 2 months ago
Babylon was founded 4,000 years ago, and the ruins of the city are still considered one of the most beautiful, mythical ...
  • 809
  • 2 months ago
When you think of Peru and tourist attractions, Machu Picchu is the first thing that comes to mind. However, some 100 pl...
  • 450
  • 2 months ago