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Descartes and coordinates Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the work of Rene Descartes and the Cartesian coordinate system. |
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Eastern maths and the invention of zero and negative numbers
An exploration of eastern mathematics, and the invention of zero and negative numbers in India. |
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Ethiopian multiplication explained
An explanation of the strange and ancient method of multiplication, which Ethiopian merchants used for thousands of years. |
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Euclid and prime numbers Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to prime numbers. |
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How ancient Mayan temples were built to tell the time
Professor Brian Cox visits the ancient Mayan temples at Chichen Itza and explains how Mayan culture was obsessed with tracking the passing of time. This manifests itself in the architecture of the buildings. |
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Indian mathematicians and discoveries in trigonometry
Marcus du Sautoy visits an ancient Indian observatory, and explores how Indian mathematicians used trigonometry. |
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Introduction to Fermat's Last Theorem and the idea of proof
The background to Fermat's Last Theorem provides a springboard into the concept of rigorous Mathematical proof. |
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Isaac Newton and the invention of calculus
A look at the mathematics of motion, and how Sir Isaac Newton formulated the differential calculus. |
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Islamic mathematics and the invention of algebra
Marcus du Sautoy looks at the Arabic roots of the invention of algebra. |
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Phi - the golden ratio and the mathematics of beauty
The golden ratio and its application in art and nature is explored, along with the Fibonacci sequence. |
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Solving simultaneous equations - using plums and peaches in China
Using plums and peaches, Marcus du Sautoy shows how to solve simultaneous equations, and how the Chinese extended this to more abstract problems. |
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The beauty of the golden ratio
Presenter Carol Vorderman discusses the golden ratio of 1.618, which is found everywhere in nature and the manmade world. |
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The continuum hypothesis.
Marcus du Sautoy looks at the continuum hypothesis, which asks whether there is a set of numbers between the whole numbers and the infinite decimals. |
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The development of number bases Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to number bases. |
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The development of number systems Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of numbers from tally marks to the Hindu Arabic number system. |
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The history of algebra Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of algebra. |
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The history of calculating area and volume Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of area and volume calculations. |
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The history of fractions Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of fractions. |
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The history of mathematical symbols Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of mathematical symbols. |
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The history of measurement Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of measurements. |
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The history of place values and index notation Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of place values and index notation. |
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The history of probability Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the history of probability. |
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The history of trigonometry
Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of trigonometry as they land a plane with the help of some historical mathematicians. |
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The work of Pythagoras Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to Pythagoras. |
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