mathematics

Arthur C. Clarke presents this unusual documentary on the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. This show relates the science of the M-Set to nature in a way that seems to identify the hand of God in the design of the universe itself. Dr. Mandelbrot in 1980 discovered the infinitely complex geometrical shape called the Mandelbrot Set using a very simple equation with computers and graphics.

Isaac Newton - brilliant rational mathematician or master of the occult? This innovative biography reveals Newton as both a hermit and a tyrant, a heretic and an alchemist. Magical images mix with actors and experts to bring alive Britain's greatest scientific genius in his own words. (www.youtube.com)

Fascinating BBC Horizon programme from 1984 looking at the greatest unsolved problems in mathematics including Fermat's Last Therom (since solved), The Goldback Conjecture, The Riemann hypothesis, the P=NP Problem, and more. Featuring interviews with many modern mathematicians, this documentary also looks at the history of maths and some of if it's major players from Euclid to Bertrand Russell. (www.youtube.com)

Mysteriously beautiful fractals are shaking up the world of mathematics and deepening our understanding of nature.

A fractal is "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole," a property called self-similarity.

Andrew W. Lo, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys Laboratory for Financial Engineering, breaks down the hot debate brewing about the cause of the current financial crisis. Learn the arguments for and against the claim that complex financial securities and the mathematical models used to manage them should take the blame. Was it systematically programmed or just human nature?

Beneath the surface of the world are the rules of science. But beneath them there is the far deeper set of rules. A matrix of pure mathematics which explains the nature of the rules of science and how it is that we can understand them in the first place.

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