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Hmmm... sorry but I just don't agree.
on 11 June 2010
I am not a mathematician, in fact just scraped an O level in 1977, so based on the enthusiastic reviews for this series I was really looking forward to a clear explanation of the development of maths and an explanation of the key concepts. I must say I felt very disappointed by the end of it, as all the wonderful locations and some neat graphics just didn't really help to explain the actual maths, and the Prof didn't seem to go deep enough into the different topics to really enlighten me. For example, calculus got about ten minutes to itself, but to be honest I wasn't much the wiser, beyond hearing again and again how important it is. Surely it should be possible to explain calculus to the layman and demonstrate worked out examples to show its application in the real world? Maybe I'm just too thick and it was all there but I missed it. I came away with a sneaking suspicion that this series was really designed as a morale-booster for mathematicians, proving to themselves that they are actually really interesting people who genuinely have a lot of fun. Personally I never doubted that, and am a bit surprised at the emphasis. If anyone knows of a more 'workmanlike' series that demonstrates the fundamentals of maths I'd be delighted to hear of it.