Co-produced by the BBC and presented by Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy, this miniseries covers such subjects as the invention of zero and the Riemann hypothesis, the contributions of great mathematicians including Pythagoras, Plato and Euclid, and some of the biggest unsolved problems that confronted math scholars in the 20th century. Also, du Sautoy examines key mathematical ideas and their influence on today's science, technology and culture.
Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, looks at how fundamental mathematics affects our lives before exploring the mathematics of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece.
Marcus du Sautoy looks at some of the great unsolved problems that confront mathematics in the twentieth century and tells the stories of the mathematicians who would try to crack them.
Visiting France to look at the work of Rene Descartes, an outstanding mathematician and theoretical physicist.
Marcus du Sautoy visits China and explores how mathematics helped build imperial China and was at the heart of such amazing feats of engineering as the Great Wall.
This co-production of the BBC and the Science Channel is hosted by physicist Brian Cox ("Wonders of the Universe"), who is fascinated by the wonders of our planet and the laws of nature that created them. In this five-part series he travels the globe to examine some of the most compelling phenomena, demonstrating the power of the sun as he watches a total solar eclipse in India and the Aurora Borealis in Norway. In addition to the breathtaking footage, viewers can learn about the power of the forces of nature and their impact on the planet in this Peabody Award-winning documentary series.
Illusionists Penn & Teller sit in the audience and watch as aspiring magicians try to impress them with a trick that the famous illusionists are unable to duplicate. If a magician successfully hoodwinks the legendary duo with a trick, be it a sleight-of-hand routine or a grand illusion, that person wins a trip to Las Vegas to perform as an opening act in Penn & Teller's show at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"; "How I Met Your Mother") hosts the series.