A Brief History of Mathematics
By BBC Radio 4
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Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science
||CleanNicolas Bourbaki||Prof Marcus du Sautoy presents Nicolas Bourbaki, the mathematician that never was.||24 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHardy and Ramanujan||GH Hardy, whose work inspired the millions of codes that help to keep the internet safe.||23 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHenri Poincare||Marcus du Sautoy introduces the man whose mathematical insight gave rise to chaos theory.||22 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanGeorg Cantor||Prof Marcus du Sautoy introduces Georg Cantor and his theory of transfinite numbers.||21 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Mathematicians Who Helped Einstein||The pioneering 19th-century mathematicians who helped Albert Einstein with his maths.||20 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCarl Friedrich Gauss||How the Gaussian or normal distribution underpins modern medicine.||17 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEvariste Galois||How the maths begun by Evariste Galois describes the particles that make up our universe.||16 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJoseph Fourier||How Joseph Fourier's mathematics transformed our understanding of heat, light and sound.||15 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLeonard Euler||How a solution to a 1700s conundrum enables us to access information on the internet.||14 6 2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNewton and Leibniz||An astronaut and an investment analyst pay homage to the enormous power of the calculus.||13 6 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.