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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Marcus du Sautoy in the footsteps of Max Cohen

The Code, part 1 of the new BBC / Open University mathematics documentary presented by Marcus Du Sautoy is in one word excellent. Du Sautoy is on a journey, looking for the code which governs all the patterns we see in the world around us. - Pi ( The Movie ) revisited! The documentary begins almost exactly as the scene in Pi where Max Cohen leaves his flat and meets Jenna, a young girl living in the same building who likes number games. She asks 'How much is 73 divided by 22? ): Max answers with three point three, one eight, one eight, one eight, one eight, one eight, one eight, one eight, etc. until Jenna can no longer hear him. - Once Max enters the street we hear him think:

1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented through numbers. 3. If you graph the numbers of any system patterns emerge. 4. Therefore there are patterns everywhere in nature. Evidence. The cycles in disease epidemics, sun spot cycles, etc.

What Marcus du Sautoy does in Code is collecting evidence, much more evidence for the rules of Max.

Max was searching for a code too, I hope the ending of the series of The Code will be more uptone than Pi. We shall see, two more episodes to view. - Click on the image above to watch it if you qualify, or download a torrent from your favorite site.

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