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Ambiguous language - two mathematicians try to meet up
Ambiguous language - two mathematicians try to meet up

Duration: 02:11

A problem involving the ambiguities of language. Marcus du Sautoy sets a word puzzle involving two mathematicians.

 
An elliptical ride
An elliptical ride

Duration: 00:51

A discussion about a ride which is pivoted in two places to form an ellipse. The operator talks about its capacity, speed and maximum height.

 
Attempting to cycle around the world in record time
Attempting to cycle around the world in record time

Duration: 01:35

A Cleethorpes man is preparing to tackle the record for cycling around the world.

 
Bugatti versus aeroplane - which is faster? (pt 1/4)
Bugatti versus aeroplane - which is faster? (pt 1/4)

Duration: 01:01

The Top Gear team decide to race an aeroplane and a car from mainland Europe to London.

 
Bugatti versus aeroplane - which is faster? (pt 2/4)
Bugatti versus aeroplane - which is faster? (pt 2/4)

Duration: 00:44

The Top Gear team decide to race an aeroplane and a car from mainland Europe to London.

 
Bugatti versus aeroplane - which is faster? (pt 3/4)
Bugatti versus aeroplane - which is faster? (pt 3/4)

Duration: 01:44

The Top Gear team decide to race an aeroplane and a car from mainland Europe to London.

 
Bugatti versus aeroplane - which is faster? (pt 4/4)
Bugatti versus aeroplane - which is faster? (pt 4/4)

Duration: 05:23

The Top Gear team decide to race an aeroplane and a car from mainland Europe to London.

 
Calculating average speed on a commute to and from work
Calculating average speed on a commute to and from work

Duration: 03:18

Marcus du Sautoy presents a problem about finding the average speed on his imagined commute to work and back.

 
Can a rally car beat a bobsleigh - on ice?
Can a rally car beat a bobsleigh - on ice?

Duration: 07:28

A race between a car and a bobsleigh along a 2km course of ice.

 
Car vs dog - which will win a race?
Car vs dog - which will win a race?

Duration: 07:03

Which will win in a lap of a greyhound track - a car or a dog?

 
Car vs skydiver - which is fastest?
Car vs skydiver - which is fastest?

Duration: 06:46

A car races on mountainous roads while a skydiver freefalls and parachutes to an agreed point - but which is fastest?

 
Changing our perception of weight
Changing our perception of weight

Duration: 03:03

An investigation into how objects can be made to look much heavier than they actually are by using different materials.

 
Comparing volume - which bottle looks bigger?
Comparing volume - which bottle looks bigger?

Duration: 01:40

The volumes of a number of bottles of shampoo are compared. Does the design of the bottle influence how much we think is inside?

 
Data about a helter skelter ride
Data about a helter skelter ride

Duration: 01:17

A look at the helter skelter ride. A list of data about the slide is given, which pupils can manipulate.

 
Designing a space at London Zoo
Designing a space at London Zoo

Duration: 03:00

A designer at London Zoo has used scale drawings of a set of old enclosures to redesign them into a single large enclosure.

 
Enclosure design at London Zoo
Enclosure design at London Zoo

Duration: 02:53

Enclosures at London Zoo are designed to ensure the animals cannot escape.

 
Exploring the 4th dimension
Exploring the 4th dimension

Duration: 05:36

Marcus du Sautoy explains the idea of dimensions to Alan Davies, starting with one dimension and ending up with the 4D cube.

 
Extreme weather in the UK - cold
Extreme weather in the UK - cold

Duration: 02:01

An investigation into the extreme weather conditions experienced in the UK during the unusually cold February of 2009.

 
Fuel economics
Fuel economics

Duration: 12:42

Is it possible to drive from London to Edinburgh and back on one tank of diesel?

 
Hitting maximum speed
Hitting maximum speed

Duration: 07:46

Just how fast can the Bugatti Veyron go?

 
How long is a piece of string?
How long is a piece of string?

Duration: 06:55

Is it possible to measure the exact length of a piece of string?

 
Making a Mini do a ski jump
Making a Mini do a ski jump

Duration: 09:46

In this classic Top Gear stunt the team plan to propel a Mini down a ski jump.

 
Mass can be deceiving
Mass can be deceiving

Duration: 01:33

A trip to the Natural History Museum reveals how seemingly heavy bronze statues can stand on fragile glass bowls.

 
Maths for the perfect Christmas wrapping
Maths for the perfect Christmas wrapping

Duration: 04:26

How does calculating surface area help to wrap presents?

 
Maximum speed in a Bugatti Veyron
Maximum speed in a Bugatti Veyron

Duration: 07:46

Just how fast can the Bugatti Veyron go?

 
Measuring distance using our sense of perspective
Measuring distance using our sense of perspective

Duration: 04:39

Presenter Carol Vorderman explains how we are naturally good at calculating distance using perspective.

 
Measuring increase in speed (pt 1/2)
Measuring increase in speed (pt 1/2)

Duration: 03:10

Presenter James May is coached by racing driver Jackie Stewart with the intention of reducing his lap times.

 
Measuring increase in speed (pt 2/2)
Measuring increase in speed (pt 2/2)

Duration: 01:08

Presenter James May is coached by racing driver Jackie Stewart with the intention of reducing his lap times.

 
Model of a possible tourist spaceship
Model of a possible tourist spaceship

Duration: 01:17

A report about the Nova Two, the UK's largest space rocket, designed to take tourists into space.

 
Olympic swimming - training and requirements
Olympic swimming - training and requirements

Duration: 03:22

An introduction to the training and requirements for Olympic swimming. Discusses distances, time and training techniques.

 
Paper on a printing press
Paper on a printing press

Duration: 01:39

A description of the type of paper used on a printing press. Discusses paper quality and quantity and the costs involved.

 
Putting second-hand supercars to the test (pt 2/2)
Putting second-hand supercars to the test (pt 2/2)

Duration: 03:44

The Top Gear team buy a second-hand supercar each for ten thousand pounds, but are they any good?

 
Racing to the South Pole
Racing to the South Pole

Duration: 03:01

A British team racing to the South Pole has been narrowly beaten by a Norwegian team.

 
Recreating the best car stunt ever
Recreating the best car stunt ever

Duration: 04:30

The Top Gear stuntman attempts to recreate the famous James Bond car-roll stunt.

 
Storing the printed page on disc
Storing the printed page on disc

Duration: 00:59

How the printed page is rolled onto discs and stored before binding.

 
Testing the engine power of a 747 aeroplane
Testing the engine power of a 747 aeroplane

Duration: 04:37

A description of the size and jet power of a modern 747 aeroplane, with a test of the engine power in Top Gear style.

 
The £100 car challenge
The £100 car challenge

Duration: 10:49

What sort of car could you buy for just £100?

 
The design of the Millennium Dome
The design of the Millennium Dome

Duration: 02:09

Describes the design of the Millennium Dome and looks at many of the concealed shapes and solids within the dome. Gives some measurements and uses mathematical vocabulary to describe the shapes fully.

 
The oldest person in the world?
The oldest person in the world?

Duration: 01:01

An Uzbek woman who is thought to be 128 years old could be the oldest person ever documented.

 
The problem of measuring coastlines.
The problem of measuring coastlines.

Duration: 06:27

Marcus du Sautoy and Alan Davies explore fractal geometry and the problem of measuring a coastline.

 
Using maths to calculate the most efficient use of land to produce food
Using maths to calculate the most efficient use of land to produce food

Duration: 09:11

At a snail farm in Dorset, Stefan Gates finds out the land needed to produce a kilo of snail meat. At a school the students compare his figures with those for lamb meat.

 
Working with distance, speed and time
Working with distance, speed and time

An animated step-by-step guide to calculations involving distance, speed and time.

 
Young sailor attempts round-the-world record
Young sailor attempts round-the-world record

Duration: 01:23

A 16-year-old from Potters Bar is attempting to break a new world record by becoming the youngest round-the-world solo skipper.

 

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