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From the creators of The Story of Math

"Brings numbers to scintillating life" —The Herald (U.K.)
"Accessible and entertaining" —The Times (U.K.)

"Science TV at its best" —Daily Record (U.K.)
"A remarkable achievement" —The Times (U.K.)

What makes the world operate the way it does? Are there patterns to what happens or do we live in a universe of random events that cannot be predicted or explained? Author and Oxford University professor Marcus du Sautoy (The Story of Math) sets out to answer these and other questions in this engaging and entertaining three-part documentary series about the power of numbers. Convinced there is a mathematical formula that can identify patterns and connect everything we see around us, Du Sautoy goes in search of a mysterious hidden code that can unlock the very laws of the universe.


Special Features

BONUS FEATURES
  • "Math Shorts," including Phi’s the Limit (4 min.), Go Forth and Multiply (4 min.), and Imagining the Impossible: The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher (4 min.)
  • 12-page viewer’s guide with articles on the early history of mathematics, the story of pi, and famous sites and structures by the numbers
  • Plus discussion questions at athenalearning.com

Oxford professor and winner of the London Mathematical Society’s Berwick Prize, Marcus du Sautoy contributes regularly to the Times and the Guardian (U.K), has presented many TV and radio programs, and has authored numerous books, including Symmetry.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ISJS4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 7, 2012
Format: DVD
Patterns are the narrator's basis of math. He ponders what be believes to be "THE CODE". Unlike the fictional farce `Da Vinci's Code', this code makes some sense--even to the non-math geniuses (like me). But Marcus du Sautoy, Oxford professor that can be understood, visits such interesting places to demo math--like a travelogue almost. It is both intellectual and BBC2 entertaining--not just for math geeks. Probably mild for the advanced math scholars. Negative numbers is the only non-positive part of this DVD set.

The Code = Math Equations. The code is natural patterns, math, that can be decoded--well, sometimes. Actually it's closer to Leonardo than you might think, for those of us who have studied Da Vinci for real. Google knows `The Code' and uses it constantly.

SDH SUBTITLES for all 3 episodes.
~~1 NUMBERS
Chartres Cathedral --were the numbers used in the structure's architecture from God, as clergy claim? Or a hidden code? Cicada's 13-yr life cycle is also a mystery--and a prime number. Then there is the 17-yr cicada (another prime number). The episode applies numbers to music/sounds. Pi (not pie) is part of the interconnectedness & puzzling Code. Then Marcus tells us about `i' (Imaginary numbers) and as he states: "the mathematical equivalent of believing in fairies." That `i' understood!
~~2 SHAPES
Northern Ireland's Giant's Causeway -folklore & math phenomenon that appears to cross the Irish Sea. Hexagons! Like a bee's honeycomb. What of shapers? Soap bubbles prove economic solutions in nature. Even snowflakes offer a surprise that shows nature's complexity of shapes. Fractal math is fascinating shape use--enter Pixar. A fun segment.
~~3 PREDICTION
Bird migration uses a code -pattern of behavior -for travel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Miller on May 23, 2014
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I was sadly disappointed in Numbers. As someone who knows the subject matter and was looking for a deeper understanding of the constants of nature and the mysteries of mathematics I was severly let down. Although I do suppose that as an introductory video to get the attention of students and such it would work well. Thing is, really what Cooter was talking about throughout the bulk of the episode was the Golden Ratio, but it was never talked about. He got close, but never really delved into the full depth of the mystery of it. I mean really how can you talk about the Nautilus and not even bring up Fibonnacci. I was also disappointed to see that the number 'e' was not covered; that's a number that will blow your mind. Perhaps it wasn't covered because you would need to show some math to get to the heart of e, and Numbers was very light on the math. Maybe without the two flashback sequencies they could have put some more info in there.

The detailed description of how music and dis-harmonies work was cool, though. And like I said probably very helpful to get someone interested in the subject matter. But as someone who has been on the lookout for a non-mathematics' tutorial on all the crazyness that is mathematics, this didn't do it for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Jones on January 20, 2013
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The first episode has a somewhat low density of information. You might want to skip it and then come back or just use clips from it if you are using it in a class room.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By xtica on February 6, 2014
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i love science programs and seeing the practical applications of math and science. really interesting, with super good graphics and animations for some of the more esoteric scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim on February 8, 2013
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This one is great for school. It has a lot of information presented in a format that is interesting and keeps one's attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By InMaryland on January 17, 2014
I wanted this to be more academic. There was too much filler material of scenery and camera work, and not enough actual content. Conclusions that have been drawn were mentioned but not explained. Overall, this was pretty boring and didn't contain much new information I hadn't read about or heard about over the years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Pietersen VINE VOICE on January 4, 2014
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Well presented in simple terms for those of us who are mathematically challenged.
Covers so much in a few episodes, some of it I knew of and had read about before but the explanations and visual representations of complex theories was easy for anyone to follow.
Just wish there had been more episodes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By swiminakilt on November 18, 2012
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I purchased this video to enhance my students' knowledge of numbers and shapes (the first two scenes). The numbers part was quite boring. I fell asleep. It wasn't even interesting. However, once I started watching the shapes part of the video, I truly enjoyed it! This video leaves me asking why there is nothing out there that really puts the pieces together for an average Math person that simply enjoys Mathematics.
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