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Genre/Form: | Television programs Documentary television programs History Nonfiction television programs Video recordings for the hearing impaired |
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Material Type: | Videorecording |

Document Type: | Visual material |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Marcus Du Sautoy; Karen McGann; Robin Dashwood; David Berry; British Broadcasting Corporation.; Open University.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm) |

OCLC Number: | 318546374 |

Language Note: | Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. |

Notes: | These discs are recorded DVDs and may fail to play on some DVD equipment. Originally produced as a BBC television series in 2008. |

Credits: | Directed and produced by Karen McGann (The language of the universe), Robin Dashwood (The genius of the East), and David Berry (The frontiers of space) ; BBC executive producer, Krysia Derecki ; series producer, Kim Duke ; executive producer, David Okuefuna. |

Performer(s): | Presented by Marcus Du Sautoy. |

Description: | 4 videodiscs (approximately 233 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in. |

Details: | DVD-R, NTSC. |

Contents: | [disc 1]. The language of the universe : mathematics in ancient times (58 min.) -- [disc 2]. The genius of the East : mathematics during the Middle Ages (58 min.) -- [disc 3]. The frontiers of space : mathematics during the Scientific Revolution (59 min.) -- [disc 4]. To infinity and beyond : mathematics in modern times (58 min.). |

Other Titles: | Language of the universe. Genius of the East. Frontiers of space. To infinity and beyond. Story of maths (Television program) Story of math |

Responsibility: | Open University, BBC co-production ; written by Marcus Du Sautoy. |

### Abstract:

Disc 1. Professor Marcus du Sautoy explores mathematical milestones of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece. Topics include Egypt's unusual method of multiplication and division, as well as Egyptians' understanding of binary numbers, fractions, and solids such as the pyramid; Babylon's base-60 number system--the foundation of minutes and hours--and Babylonians' use of quadratic equations to measure land; and the contributions of four of Greece's mathematical giants: Plato, Euclid, Archimedes, and Pythagoras.

Disc 2. During Europe's Middle Ages, mathematics flourished primarily on other shores. This program follows Professor Marcus du Sautoy as he discusses mathematical achievements of Asia, the Islamic world, and early-Renaissance Europe. Topics include China's invention of a decimal place number system and the development of an early version of sudoku; India's contribution to trigonometry and creation of a symbol for the number zero, as well as Indians' understanding of the concepts of infinity and negative numbers; contributions of the empire of Islam, such as the development of algebra and the solving of cubic equations; and the spread of Eastern knowledge to the West through mathematicians like Leonardo Fibonacci.

Disc 3. By the Scientific Revolution, great strides had been made in understanding the geometry of objects fixed in time and space; the race was now on to discover the mathematics of objects in motion. Professor Marcus du Sautoy investigates mathematical progress during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries in Europe. Topics include the linking of algebra and geometry by René Descartes; the properties of prime numbers, discovered by Pierre Fermat; Isaac Newton's development of calculus; Leonhard Euler's development of topology; the modular arithmetic of Carl Friedrich Gauss; and the insights of Bernhard Riemann into the properties of objects.

Disc 4. Professor Marcus du Sautoy addresses mathematical advances of 20th-century Europe and America. Topics include Georg Cantor's exploration of the concept of infinity; chaos theory, formulated by Henri Poincaré; Kurt Gödel's incompleteness theorems; the work of André Weil and his colleagues with algebraic geometry; and the influence of Alexander Grothendieck, whose ideas have influenced mathematical thinking about the hidden structures behind all mathematics. The program concludes by considering one of the great as-yet-unsolved problems of mathematics: the Riemann Hypothesis.

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