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

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.

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.

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

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.

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