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The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms

Marcus du Sautoy demystifies the hidden world of algorithms, revealing where these 2,000-year-old problem solvers came from, how they work and what they have achieved.

Without us noticing, modern life has been taken over. Algorithms run everything from search engines on the internet to satnavs and credit card data security - they even help us travel the world, find love and save lives.

Mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy demystifies the hidden world of algorithms. By showing us some of the algorithms most essential to our lives, he reveals where these 2,000-year-old problem solvers came from, how they work, what they have achieved and how they are now so advanced they can even programme themselves.

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 30 Oct 2017 22:30

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Role Contributor
Presenter Marcus du Sautoy
Executive Producer Paul Overton
Director David Briggs

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