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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Story of Mathematics ( 3 )

Watched episode 3 of The Story of Mathematics. Prof. Marcus du Sautoy continues his talk about the origins of mathematics. Topics in this episode are the lives of  Descartes, Fermat, Newton, Leibnitz, Bernouilli(brothers), Euler, Fourier, Gauss, Bolyai and Riemann.

Marcus du Sautoy clearly loves mathematics and he is an excellent storyteller. When I was young I saw a similar series by Jacob Bronowski which laid the foundation for my love of maths. I hope du Sautoy's program had a similar effect on young people watching it.

Still one episode to go on 20th century math.

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