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CLIP 11236

Ambiguous language - two mathematicians try to meet up

Ambiguous language - two mathematicians try to meet up

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Key Info
  • Ambiguous language - two mathematicians try to meet up
  • Duration: 02:11
  • Two students agree to meet up in a bar. They are both trying to be very precise, and try to arrive at exactly the right time, but arrive 29 minutes apart. An example of the ambiguities of language unfolds, which shows why mathematics needs to use algebraic symbols. Marcus du Sautoy sets the problem in this puzzle panel game. This item was taken from Mind Games, first broadcast in March 2007.
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  • Keywords: logic, puzzles, language, games, language of mathematics
Ideas for use in class
  • Could be used as a starter activity, perhaps to lead on to a discussion of the problems of language, and how algebraic notation is an attempt to avoid any ambiguities.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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