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on 27 February 2009
This series was on on BBC around towards the end of 2008. It was absolutely brilliant and indeed the best series I have ever watched. It is filmed at many different locations across the world and tells the story of maths since the beginning of man kind. The man telling the story is an academic but he may well have been an oscar winning star or an artist. He tells the story with the most astonishing clarity. The subject is of course itself fascinating but he has told it like no body else. It does not matter if you are a novice or an acomplished scintist -you will find it equally intersting.
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on 4 March 2009
A brilliant series which accomplishes the unique alchemy of combining absolute scientific precision, clarity and perfectly balanced dynamic tempo of the story telling: not to fast so as to obscure the math concepts and not to slow so to induce boredom on behalf of the viewer. This together with thorough explanation of the historical context in which the theories flurished, combined with pitoresque but extremely pertinent annedoctes of the persons behind the science makes this work superb!
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on 13 March 2009
These two DVDs are simply marvellous! The story of mathematics presented in a high-quality production with an inspiring Marcus Du Sautoy at the places where it really happened! I have seen the DVDs several times now and they remain fascinating.
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on 5 November 2009
The programme content is what I expected - well delivered and fascinating. Be aware that this DVD is burned rather than pressed so it's possible that it is more prone to misuse (i.e. more delicate) than a pressed one.
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on 25 August 2009
I loved many of the documentaries that have been broadcast on the BBC over the years so it was particularly refreshing to have such an excellent series on the subject of Mathematics.

Marcus du Sautoy is an engaging presenter who exudes an infectious enthusiasm for his subject as he surveys the history of the subject from its origins in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece through to its advancement in China,India and the middle east, and to the european contribution during the renaissance, enlightenment, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and up to the present day.

It is beautifully shot in various locations throughout the world, as du Sautoy tells fascinating stories about the lives and ideas of the great mathematicians: Pythagoras, Cantor , Euclid, Newton, Gauss, Hilbert, Godel to name only a few, explaining in simple terms the essence of the mathematical problems they were concerned with.

The package contains four one hour length programs spread over 2 DVDs

As an introduction for those wishing to sample the sheer beauty of mathematics or for an entertaining panoramic view of the history of mathematics this series is simply a delight
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on 3 August 2009
Great program can't get enough did maths OU course after watching this FOR FUN! Loved it watching this over and over don't tire of it learn't loads. Well worth it.
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on 13 July 2009
Content of this programme is excellent. Sad that the formating does not include subtitles or chapters.
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on 14 February 2010
Having watched the series on BBC Four a while ago, and being somewhat slow to pick up mathematical concepts, I was pleased to be able to watch it again on DVD. The series is a gentle, if somewhat abstract in places, guide to maths through the ages. For an academic mathematician, Marcus Du Sautoy is quite natural in front of the camera and provides an easy-to-follow overview of important figures and discoveries from the pages of history. The programmes are far from 'dry' & have lighter, wittier moments to liven the subject matter. The graphics used to explain certain ideas are generally useful and entertaining, although some areas are raced through and not really explained in any great detail. For the serious student of the subject I would definitely recommend the book 'The Story of Mathematics' by Anne Rooney, which fills in much of the back story while still being highly accessible to the non-expert. All in all, a very high calibre documentary series well worth watching several times over.
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on 7 February 2010
Everybody is right in saying this collection is 'Beautiful', 'Fantastic' and 'Fun'. Thanks to Marcus (host) it is also amazingly easy to watch - on the basis of his enthusiasm alone. The thing that struck me about the series was the evolutionary aspect to not only the maths, but humans. Maths walks hand in hand and virtually came out of the dusty ground near a shakey civilization about 10,000 years ago, as a few of them stood in front of their barely and wheat fields worrying whow the devil to organize them properly.

The journey is infinite from there, literally. It must be also be said in closing, that it will make you feel like throttling everyone who says 'Hmmph, i'll never use maths' or uses some equally lazy term like 'geek' to describe any one who does, because after watching this you'll realise that Maths is pretty much everything...

Prime.
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on 1 November 2010
This Series has a great theme. The beginning is great, the focus in history is good.
Then as you move forward in the series you notice that many subjects don't give you
the insights of the mathematicians, so after watching you reflect and actually
don't learn almost anything about maths.
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