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The Story Of Maths
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Mathematics is the Empress of the Sciences. Without her, there would be no physics, nor chemistry, no architecture, accurate maps - or time-keeping. So she is all-powerful: and she rules ruthlessly.  Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, escorts viewers through the 30,000 year old history of this most important of all intellectual disciplines in a journey that takes him through the ages and around the world, through the development of the key mathematical ideas, and showing how – in a multitude of surprising ways - mathematical ideas underpin the science, technology and culture that shapes our world.