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No details, irrelevant filming, lacking in information
on 19 February 2013
Most of the other people who reviewed this DVD must have been watching a different 'series'. Marcus du Sautoy is no Bronowski.
This is tedious in the extreme, lots of video of completely irrelevant locations (boys sitting on a wall, walks round markets) - but nothing to do with mathematics or the mathematicians being discussed. There really is no point in looking at the screen when playing the DVD (hardly any point listening to the words.)
There is hardly any detail about the mathematics, just that it was important and a 'great' discovery. Surely solving quadratics could have been explained!
And there is very, if any information about the mathematicians.
We are told that Asian mathematician's discovered many aspects of mathematics before it was discovered in the West and they do not receive the recognition they deserve. Having said that I am not sure what else the DVD provides.
For presentation about mathematics, a very precise subject, the most popular phrase in the program seems to be 'legend has it'.
I distinctly remember one scene where Sautoy rides a horse across a plain, but I cannot remember what significance that had to the text or the subject mathematics. The DVD is full of such incidents.
Lightweight trivia at best.