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Descartes and coordinates
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.

 
Eastern maths and the invention of zero and negative numbers
Eastern maths and the invention of zero and negative numbers

Duration: 06:34

An exploration of eastern mathematics, and the invention of zero and negative numbers in India.

 
Ethiopian multiplication explained
Ethiopian multiplication explained

Duration: 03:55

An explanation of the strange and ancient method of multiplication, which Ethiopian merchants used for thousands of years.

 
Euclid and prime numbers
Euclid and prime numbers

Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to prime numbers.

 
How ancient Mayan temples were built to tell the time
How ancient Mayan temples were built to tell the time

Duration: 02:43

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.

 
Indian mathematicians and discoveries in trigonometry
Indian mathematicians and discoveries in trigonometry

Duration: 02:24

Marcus du Sautoy visits an ancient Indian observatory, and explores how Indian mathematicians used trigonometry.

 
Introduction to Fermat's Last Theorem and the idea of proof
Introduction to Fermat's Last Theorem and the idea of proof

Duration: 04:55

The background to Fermat's Last Theorem provides a springboard into the concept of rigorous Mathematical proof.

 
Isaac Newton and the invention of calculus
Isaac Newton and the invention of calculus

Duration: 03:48

A look at the mathematics of motion, and how Sir Isaac Newton formulated the differential calculus.

 
Islamic mathematics and the invention of algebra
Islamic mathematics and the invention of algebra

Duration: 03:10

Marcus du Sautoy looks at the Arabic roots of the invention of algebra.

 
Phi - the golden ratio and the mathematics of beauty
Phi - the golden ratio and the mathematics of beauty

Duration: 04:01

The golden ratio and its application in art and nature is explored, along with the Fibonacci sequence.

 
Solving simultaneous equations - using plums and peaches in China
Solving simultaneous equations - using plums and peaches in China

Duration: 03:12

Using plums and peaches, Marcus du Sautoy shows how to solve simultaneous equations, and how the Chinese extended this to more abstract problems.

 
The beauty of the golden ratio
The beauty of the golden ratio

Duration: 04:22

Presenter Carol Vorderman discusses the golden ratio of 1.618, which is found everywhere in nature and the manmade world.

 
The continuum hypothesis.
The continuum hypothesis.

Duration: 02:47

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.

 
The development of number bases
The development of number bases

Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to number bases.

 
The development of number systems
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.

 
The history of algebra
The history of algebra

Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of algebra.

 
The history of calculating area and volume
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.

 
The history of fractions
The history of fractions

Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of fractions.

 
The history of mathematical symbols
The history of mathematical symbols

Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of mathematical symbols.

 
The history of measurement
The history of measurement

Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the development of measurements.

 
The history of place values and index notation
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.

 
The history of probability
The history of probability

Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to the history of probability.

 
The history of trigonometry
The history of trigonometry

Duration: 04:42

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.

 
The work of Pythagoras
The work of Pythagoras

Praxis the robot and Alan the human man present their animated guide to Pythagoras.

 

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