Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Story of Maths

Four-part series about the history of mathematics, presented by Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy. This series is currently only available on Veoh, so my apologies to those that have issues with Veoh. I will post alternative links as soon as they become available.

After showing how fundamental mathematics is to our lives, du Sautoy explores the mathematics of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece. In Egypt, he uncovers use of a decimal system based on ten fingers of the hand, while in former Mesopotamia he discovers that the way we tell the time today is based on the Babylonian Base 60 number system.

In Greece, he looks at the contributions of some of the giants of mathematics including Plato, Euclid, Archimedes and Pythagoras, who is credited with beginning the transformation of mathematics from a tool for counting into the analytical subject we know today.





More documentaries like this...

Fermat's Last Theorem

Absolute Zero

Einstein's Unfinished Symphony

Newton - The Dark Heretic

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1 comment:

PO said...

Tks :) Do you expect to post part 2 soon?