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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Story of Mathematics (2)

Watched episode 2 of The Story of Mathematics. Prof. Marcus du Sautoy continues his talk about the origins of mathematics. Topics in this episode are the mathematics from China, India and the Arab cultures. It turns out that 'discoveries' made in Europe were actually known centuries before in China and India. Anyway, some topics in this episode are: the Fibonacci Sequence, the invention of the number zero, the decimal number system, how the distance between the earth and the sun can be calculated in a simple fashion, a 3 by 3 magic square and more! And lots of beautiful scenery to watch. Two more parts to watch. :-) - Category: Seek and you will find.

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