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The Code

The Code is a BBC documentary series presented by Professor Marcus du Sautoy, revealing a hidden numerical code that underpins all nature. The series consists of three episodes, which explore how the world around us conforms to and can be explained by mathematical codes. The first episode "Numbers" reveals how significant numbers appear throughout the natural world. The second episode "Shapes" uncovers the hidden patterns that explain the shape of the world around us. And the third and final episode "Prediction" looks at the weird world of what happens next.

Episode 1 - Numbers
This episode reveals how significant numbers appear throughout the natural world. They're part of a hidden mathematical world that contains the rules that govern everything on our planet and beyond.

Episode 2 - Shapes
This episode uncovers the hidden patterns that explain the shape of the world around us - from rock formations to honeycomb and from salt crystals to soap bubbles.

Episode 3 - Prediction
This episode looks at the weird world of what happens next. It starts with the lunar eclipse and goes on to reveal what the code can say about the future.


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