The Story of Math

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Overview

Athena presents The Story of Math in five parts on three discs.
Disc 1, Episode 1: The Language of the Universe Traveling from Mesopotamia to Egypt and then to Greece, Professor du Sautoy shows how mathematics evolved from a practical problem-solver for weights and measures to a truly conceptual science.
Episode 2: The Genius of the East While Europe languished in the Dark Ages, thinkers in China, India, and the Islamic world pushed ...
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Overview

Athena presents The Story of Math in five parts on three discs.
Disc 1, Episode 1: The Language of the Universe Traveling from Mesopotamia to Egypt and then to Greece, Professor du Sautoy shows how mathematics evolved from a practical problem-solver for weights and measures to a truly conceptual science.
Episode 2: The Genius of the East While Europe languished in the Dark Ages, thinkers in China, India, and the Islamic world pushed mathematical frontiers. Besides giving us the concepts of zero and infinity, they translated geometry into numbers (and back) with trigonometry and provided a mathematical grammar with algebra.
Disc 2, Episode 3: The Frontiers of Space Can mathematics precisely describe a body in motion? To answer that question, Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz independently devised calculus in the 17th century. Over the following 200 years, however, mathematicians began to rethink Euclidian concepts, conceiving of new geometries to describe unseen dimensions.
Episode 4: To Infinity and Beyond Tackling the great unsolved problems of the 20th century, mathematicians have distinguished between different kinds and sizes of infinities, begun mapping the hidden structures behind numbers and their relationships, and introduced the concepts of chaos and uncertainty into the most exacting of all sciences.
Disc 3 The Music of Primes Prime numbers inspired the creation of the computer, mirror the behavior of atoms, and drive every online financial transaction today. But their pattern remains a mystery. A renowned institute still offers a $1 million prize to whoever can definitively crack their code. Here, Marcus du Sautoy and his guests explain the search for harmony in these mysterious numbers. Part 1: Building on a 2,000-year tradition, the 19th-century German mathematician Bernhard Riemann proposed a hypothesis that has since stumped the world; Part 2: In the 20th century, the attempt to prove the Riemann hypothesis tragically claimed two great minds, G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan; Part 3: Advances in computer technology and insights into how atoms behave make proving Riemann’s hypothesis seem tantalizingly close, but still elusive.
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Special Features

The Music of the Primes, A 78-minute bonus Documentary; ; 20-Page Viewer's Guide Includes Highlights, Questions to Consider, Avenues for Further Learning, a Glossary, a Profile of the Pythagorean Religious Movement, and an Explanation of Proofs; ; Biographies of Influential Mathematicians
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • UPC: 054961835690
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  • Source: Athena
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,447

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Story of Math
1. Early Innovators [10:15]
2. Fractions and Circles [5:31]
3. The Pyramids [5:33]
4. Babylonians [12:04]
5. Right-Angled Triangle [3:44]
6. Greeks [9:13]
7. Five Shapes [4:40]
8. Archimedes [6:20]
9. Credits [:31]
1. The Great Wall of China [7:18]
2. The Emperor's Court [12:31]
3. The Inventions Of Zero [6:23]
4. Negative Numbers and Trigonometry [5:49]
5. Infinite Sums [5:55]
6. The Islamic Empire [6:24]
7. West Meets East [7:21]
8. Tartaglia [5:01]
9. Credits [:28]
Disc #2 -- Story of Math
1. Perspective [9:39]
2. Religion [5:57]
3. Newton And Leibniz [13:06]
4. In The Genes [5:20]
5. The Mozart Of Math [6:44]
6. France and Germany [7:00]
7. Imaginary Geometry [5:51]
8. Bernhard Riemann [4:35]
9. Credits [:22]
1. Understanding Infinity [9:00]
2. The Greatest Frenchman [10:32]
3. Twenty Three Problems [7:32]
4. From Europe To America [9:18]
5. Julia Robinson [7:59]
6. Structure [7:48]
7. The Holy Grail [2:59]
8. What I've Learned [2:38]
9. Credits [:20]
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      Pythagoras Of Samos
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      Euclid
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      Hypatia
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      The Frontiers Of Space
      To Infinity And Beyond
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      René Descartes
      Isaac Newton
      Gottfried Leibniz
      Bernoulli Family
      Leonard Euler
      Carl Friedrich Gauss
      Bernhard Riemann
      David Hilbert
      Georg Cantor
      Henri Poincaré
      Kurt Gödel
      Évariste Galois
      André Weil
      Julia Robinson
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      Grigori Perelman
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