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Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths episode 3

Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry's Mysterious World of Maths episode 3: Hannah explores a paradox at the heart of modern maths, discovered by Bertrand Russell, which undermines the very foundations of logic that all of maths is built on. These flaws suggest that maths isn't a true part of the universe but might just be a human language - fallible and imprecise.     However, Hannah argues that Einstein's theoretical equations, such as E=mc2 and his theory of general relativity, are…

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Read more about the article Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths episode 2
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Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths episode 2

Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry's Mysterious World of Maths episode 2: In this episode, Hannah travels down the fastest zip wire in the world to learn more about Newton's ideas on gravity. His discoveries revealed the movement of the planets was regular and predictable. James Clerk Maxwell unified the ideas of electricity and magnetism, and explained what light was. As if that wasn't enough, he also predicted the existence of radio waves. His tools of the trade were nothing more than…

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Read more about the article Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths episode 1
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Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths episode 1

Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry's Mysterious World of Maths episode 1: In this new series, mathematician Dr Hannah Fry explores the mystery of maths. It underpins so much of our modern world that it's hard to imagine life without its technological advances, but where exactly does maths come from? Is it invented like a language or is it something discovered and part of the fabric of the universe? It's a question that some of the most eminent mathematical minds have been…

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The Story of Maths episode 3 – The Frontiers of Space

The Story of Maths episode 3 - The Frontiers of Space: By the 17th century, Europe had taken over from the Middle East as the world's powerhouse of mathematical ideas. Great strides had been made in understanding the geometry of objects fixed in time and space. The race was now on to discover the mathematics to describe objects in motion.     Marcus explores the work of Rene Descartes and Pierre Fermat, whose famous Last Theorem would puzzle mathematicians for…

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The Story of Maths episode 2 – The Genius of the East

The Story of Maths episode 2 - The Genius of the East: When ancient Greece fell into decline, mathematical progress stagnated as Europe entered the Dark Ages, but in the east mathematics reached new heights.     Du Sautoy visits China and explores how maths helped build imperial China and was at the heart of such amazing feats of engineering as the Great Wall. In India, he discovers how the symbol for the number zero was invented and Indian mathematicians'…

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