THE AMAZING STORY OF MATH DVD
An Essential Asset For Every Enlightened
The Best History Of Math
A most wonderful, easy, simple but very powerful way to
get kids to understand and fall in love with math.
Once they can see that math is critical for explaining and enhancing
every facet of life, they will be more open to embrace math as an integral and essential skill and
asset that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
They will easily see that math has the power to make them better people.
And they will better see how math is the critical key that will enable them to open the
doors to the exciting and rewarding future that they would love to create for
They will discover how numbers explain our universe and reveal unseen worlds
Math made accessible, engaging, and relevant
Mathematics forms the foundation for nearly everything we do--from finance to physics, and
architecture to astronomy. Math not only describes our world, but also reveals its beauty and
Join Marcus du Sautoy and a host of distinguished experts as they crisscross the globe, bringing
the colorful history of numbers to life.
Meet the men and women who conceived major mathematical breakthroughs and explored the farthest
frontiers of abstract thought, often with tragic results.
Learn how their discoveries still drive technology, science, and even philosophy. Using
computerized visuals and healthy doses of humor, Du Sautoy makes the most complex concepts
accessible and engaging.
With contagious enthusiasm and boundless energy, he shows that math isn’t merely about making
calculations, but also about finding patterns that expose the hidden relationships in our
I know many of you will read the title of this review and think "well that really sounds hard to
believe," or write off my enthusiasm as being a mere post-movie dazzlement effect. Really though, when you think
about it, it isn't that hard to believe, is it? How many good Math documentaries are there?
Finding good science documentaries is pretty easy. They're on pretty much any cable channel (or PBS) that features
these kinds of programs (NOVA, Scientific American, or other similar programs on channels like the Science Channel,
the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, etc).
But Math documentaries? Those are hard to come by.
This is part of why this documentary is such a gem. Most Math DVD's out there are, in contrast with programs like
NOVA that make science interesting, just people explaining formulas in front of a marker board for an hour.
This is not to say there's anything wrong with that, but only to say that there aren't that many
production-quality documentaries about Math out there with the goal of entertaining a mass audience while teaching
them some interesting facts and priming their interest on the subject.
Since this DVD accomplishes all of that and then some, all with an interesting historical narrative in the
background, I can wholeheartedly award it 5 stars.
While it isn't hugely more interesting or well-done than a comparable science episode about physics
or something on NOVA, it is nonetheless almost the best in its class (Math documentaries) because so few of these
types of movies exist in the first place.
Being the first of its kind that I've come across be so successful in this way, I'm happy to give it 5 stars and a
recommendation for those who are interested in learning more about Math (and being assisted by beautiful
computer-generated imagery) to help accomplish it in an enjoyable and fascinating manner.
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