Shapes

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Episode 2 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Marcus du Sautoy uncovers the patterns that explain the shape of the world around us. Starting at the hexagonal columns of Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway, he discovers the code underpinning the extraordinary order found in nature - from rock formations to honeycomb and from salt crystals to soap bubbles.

Marcus also reveals the mysterious code that governs the apparent randomness of mountains, clouds and trees and explores how this not only could be the key to Jackson Pollock's success, but has also helped breathe life into hugely successful movie animations.

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  • The Code: Revealing the secret

    The Code: Revealing the secret

    Marcus du Sautoy on the extraordinary information maths can show us: "We interview an ex-FBI agent who uses mathematical equations to locate serial killers."

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Credits

Presenter
Marcus du Sautoy
Presenter
Marcus du Sautoy
Producer
Michael Lachmann
Producer
Michael Lachmann
Director
Michael Lachmann
Director
Michael Lachmann
Series Producer
Peter Leonard
Series Producer
Peter Leonard
Executive Producer
Sacha Baveystock
Executive Producer
Sacha Baveystock
Director
Stephen Cooter

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