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Music of the primes. / Episode one, From the Greeks to Gauss

Author: Marcus Du Sautoy; Robin Dashwood; British Broadcasting Corporation.; Open University.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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The special characteristics of prime numbers have intrigued and confounded mathematicians since ancient times. Outlining the basics of primes--including their unique multiplicative properties and their supposedly random appearance in the number line--this program details the early history of prime number theory, beginning with discoveries that took place in the Hellenistic world. The film illustrates how the torch  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Named Person: Euclid.; Carl Friedrich Gauss; Bernhard Riemann
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Marcus Du Sautoy; Robin Dashwood; British Broadcasting Corporation.; Open University.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm)
OCLC Number: 226267500
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: This disc has been recorded using DVD-R equipment and may not play in all DVD players or drives.
Credits: Camera, Chris Cox, Louis Caulfield, Nandha Kumar ; editor, Aldus Moffatt, Kieran Smyth ; academic consultant, Robin Wilson ; researcher, Anna Blackburn, Katie Rice.
Performer(s): Presented by Marcus Du Sautoy; commentators, Dan Rockmore, Jon Keating, Barry Mazur, Brian Conrey, Samuel Patterson, Michael Berry.
Event notes: Originally produced for broadcast on British television in 2005.
Description: 1 videodisc (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R.
Other Titles: Music of the primes : math's greatest riddle, math's greatest minds
From the Greeks to Gauss
Responsibility: BBC ; written by Marcus Du Sautoy ; produced and directed by Robin Dashwood ; produced by BBC and the Open University.

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The special characteristics of prime numbers have intrigued and confounded mathematicians since ancient times. Outlining the basics of primes--including their unique multiplicative properties and their supposedly random appearance in the number line--this program details the early history of prime number theory, beginning with discoveries that took place in the Hellenistic world. The film illustrates how the torch of Euclid's work passed to 18th- and 19th-century Europeans, exploring Carl Friedrich Gauss' groundbreaking work in the prediction of prime numbers and introducing Bernhard Riemann's revolutionary zeta function.

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