A Brief History of Mathematics

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Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science

10 Maths: 10 Nicolas Bourbaki Oct. 1, 2010

The mathematician that never was. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes the life and mathematics of an elusive hero. The collected works of Bourbaki represents one of the most ambitious enterprises in mathematical history: an attempt to unify shapes and numbers into single discipline.

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Nicolas Bourbaki Oct. 1, 2010
Prof Marcus du Sautoy presents Nicolas Bourbaki, the mathematician that never was.
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GH Hardy, whose work inspired the millions of codes that help to keep the internet safe.
8 Maths: 08 Henri Poincare Sept. 30, 2010
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Henri Poincare Sept. 30, 2010
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Georg Cantor Sept. 30, 2010
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7 Maths: 07 Georg Cantor Sept. 30, 2010
Infinity. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes the troubled life of this radical mathematician who shocked his colleagues by proving there's more than one infinity. With contributions from Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Roger Penrose....
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Carl Friedrich Gauss Sept. 29, 2010
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Evariste Galois Sept. 28, 2010
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4 Maths: 04 Evariste Galois Sept. 28, 2010
Professor Marcus du Sautoy on his favourite mathematician, an angry, young genius who did his best maths in prison and died in a duel, aged 20....
Joseph Fourier Sept. 28, 2010
How Joseph Fourier's mathematics transformed our understanding of heat, light and sound.
3 Maths: 03 Joseph Fourier Sept. 28, 2010
Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes the life and mathematics of this Napoleonic soldier, with contributions from musician Brian Eno who loves Fourier's analysis and uses it to create sounds that have never been heard before....
Leonard Euler Sept. 27, 2010
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2 Maths: 02 Leonard Euler Sept. 27, 2010
The man who calculated as other men breathe. Professor Marcus du Sautoy on the mathematical omnivore without whom no history of mathematics is complete....
Newton and Leibniz Sept. 27, 2010
An astronaut and an investment analyst pay homage to the enormous power of the calculus.
1 Maths: 01 Newton and Leibniz Sept. 27, 2010
The battle over the calculus. Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals how the great hero of British science is rather less gentlemanly than his German rival. An astronaut and investment analyst pay homage to the enormous power of the calculus....