The Story of Maths

The Story of Maths is a BBC documentary series written and presented by Professor Marcus du Sautoy, outlining aspects of the history of mathematics. The series consists of four episodes respectively titled: The Language of the Universe; The Genius of the East; The Frontiers of Space; and To Infinity and Beyond. Marcus Du Sautoy documents the development of mathematics covering subjects such as the invention of zero and the unproven Riemann hypothesis, a 150 year old problem for whose solution the Clay Mathematics Institute has offered a $1,000,000 prize. He escorts viewers through the subject's history and geography. He examines the development of key mathematical ideas and shows how mathematical ideas underpin the world's science, technology, and culture. (from wikipedia.org)


The Story of Maths: Episode 1 - The Language of the Universe
Marcus du Sautoy looks at how fundamental mathematics is to our lives, and then he explores the mathematics of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece.

The Story of Maths: Episode 2 - The Genius of the East
This episode focuses on the development of mathematics in the East and the spread of Eastern Knowledge to the West through Italy.

The Story of Maths: Episode 3 - The Frontiers of Space
This episode focuses on the development of mathematical ideas in Europe, especially around the 16th - 19th centuries.

The Story of Maths: Episode 4 - To Infinity and Beyond
In this episode, Marcus du Sautoy looks at some of the twenty-three great unsolved problems that were posed by David Hilbert and confronted mathematicians in the 20th century.


Related Links
History of Mathematics - wikipedia
The area of study known as the history of mathematics is primarily an investigation into the origin of discoveries in mathematics and, to a lesser extent, an investigation into the mathematical methods and notation of the past.
The MacTutor History of Mathematics
Biographical Index. History Topics Index. Additional material index. Famous curves index. Mathematicians of the day. Search the archive.
The Ascent of Man - Music of the Spheres
This episode is about the evolution of math. Jacob Bronowski explores the alliance of math to music, astronomy, and painting.
Greek Mathematics
The Emergence of Greek Mathematics - a documentary presented by Graham Flegg, about ancient Greek mathematics. Plus eBooks about Greek mathematics.
The Birth of the Calculus
Two men independently discovered and formulated methods for the Calculus, Newton in England and Leibniz in Paris.
The Code
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Marcus du Sautoy, revealing a hidden numerical code that underpins all nature.

e-Books
A History of Mathematics
Author: Carl B. Boyer. Subject: Euclid; Newton; Leibnitz; Bernoulli; Gauss; Cauchy; Hamilton; Cayley; Hilbert; Poincare. Wiley International Edition 1968.
A History of Mathematics
Author: Florian Cajori, 1859-1930. Subject: Mathematics. Publisher: New York, The Macmillan company; London, Macmillan & co., ltd. Language: English. Book Contributor: Cornell University Library.
A Short Account of the History of Mathematics
Author: W. W. Rouse Ball, 1850-1925. Table of Contents. Chapter I - Egyptian and Phoenician Mathematics. Chapter II - The Ionian and Pythagorean Schools. ...