A Brief History of Mathematics
By BBC Radio 4
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Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Ten fifteen minute podcasts that reveal the personalities behind the calculations from Newton to the present day. How do these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world?
||Maths: 10 Nicolas Bourbaki||The mathematician that never was. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes the life and mathematics of an elusive hero. The collected works of Bourbaki represents one of the most ambitious enterprises in mathematical history: an attempt to unify shapes...||1 10 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 09 Hardy and Ramanujan||A mathematical romance. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes how a passion for prime numbers united a Cambridge professor and an unknown Indian clerk....||1 10 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 08 Henri Poincare||An embarassing error and the mathematics of chaos. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes how a mistake in Poincare's working led him to an astonishing conclusion: some mathematical problems don't have a reliable solution....||30 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 07 Georg Cantor||Infinity. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes the troubled life of this radical mathematician who shocked his colleagues by proving there's more than one infinity. With contributions from Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Roger Penrose....||30 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 06 The Mathematicians who helped Einstein||Seeing in four dimensions. Professor Marcus du Sautoy on the pioneers who pushed mathematics into new dimensions and the strange new geometries they created. Emeritus Professor Roger Penrose confirms that even Einstein sometimes struggled with his...||29 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 05 Carl Friedrich Gauss||The 19th century mathematical celebrity. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes how a study of asteroids led Gauss to describe the normal distribution. With contributions from Chairman for the Commission for Racial Equality Trevor Phillips, who believes...||29 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 04 Evariste Galois||Professor Marcus du Sautoy on his favourite mathematician, an angry, young genius who did his best maths in prison and died in a duel, aged 20....||28 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 03 Joseph Fourier||Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes the life and mathematics of this Napoleonic soldier, with contributions from musician Brian Eno who loves Fourier's analysis and uses it to create sounds that have never been heard before....||28 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 02 Leonard Euler||The man who calculated as other men breathe. Professor Marcus du Sautoy on the mathematical omnivore without whom no history of mathematics is complete....||27 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: 01 Newton and Leibniz||The battle over the calculus. Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals how the great hero of British science is rather less gentlemanly than his German rival. An astronaut and investment analyst pay homage to the enormous power of the calculus....||27 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maths: Welcome||Welcome to this new BBC podcast. If you subscribe to the podcast feed, you should receive the first episode of this series automatically within the next seven days. To find other podcasts from the BBC, visit www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts....||20 9 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
I know absolutely
Nothing about Mathematics. This area of knowledge was an elusive subject totally inaccessible to school leavers like myself in the late sixties and early seventies. I went onto university with the necessary maths O level. I studied the history of ideas political and social and some philosophy. Thank goodness this professor has popularised his subject. His TV series was totally engaging. I cannot admit to understanding much but it has been enlightening to have these pieces of knowledge slotted into the overall picture. A marvelous series. Thank you.
Mathematicians R Us
Great series - it's a shame that the vast majority of school kids will not listen to Radio4 and hear a program that can inspire them to do the math! More thanks.
Good job, keep it up.
Very informative and extremely well presented. Look forward to future Podcasts. Thoroughly enjoyed, Thanks.