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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Prof Marcus du Sautoy presents Nicolas Bourbaki, the mathematician that never was.

Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics drives science.

Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics drives science.

A mathematical romance. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes how a passion for prime numbers united a Cambridge professor and an unknown Indian clerk....

GH Hardy, whose work inspired the millions of codes that help to keep the internet safe.

An embarassing error and the mathematics of chaos. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes how a mistake in Poincare's working led him to an astonishing conclusion: some mathematical problems don't have a reliable solution....

Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics drives science.

Marcus du Sautoy introduces the man whose mathematical insight gave rise to chaos theory.

Prof Marcus du Sautoy introduces Georg Cantor and his theory of transfinite numbers.

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....

Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics drives science.

Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics drives science.

Seeing in four dimensions. Professor Marcus du Sautoy on the pioneers who pushed mathematics into new dimensions and the strange new geometries they created. Emeritus Professor Roger Penrose confirms that even Einstein sometimes struggled with his...

The pioneering 19th-century mathematicians who helped Albert Einstein with his maths.

The 19th century mathematical celebrity. Professor Marcus du Sautoy describes how a study of asteroids led Gauss to describe the normal distribution. With contributions from Chairman for the Commission for Racial Equality Trevor Phillips, who believes...

Professor Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics drives science.

How the Gaussian or normal distribution underpins modern medicine.

Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.

How the maths begun by Evariste Galois describes the particles that make up our universe.