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  1. Mathematics Goes to the Movies (2017)

    Subject
    Film studies; Mathematics

    An enormous amount of our leisure time is spent interacting with the media, watching television and movies. Much of the space on our computers (and on the Internet) is taken up with static and moving images,...

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  2. Nuclear Reactors and Modelling (2017)

    Subject
    Mathematics

    Podcast about mathematical modelling and linear programming. Rick Crawford, a mathematician studying decommissioning of nuclear reactors, explains how he uses mathematical models to determine whether it is...

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  3. Bellman Equation, The (2014)

    Director
    Gabriel Leif Bellman
    Subject
    Mathematics
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 78 minutes), £15.99

    Gabriel Bellman examines the life of his grandfather Richard Bellman, a mathematician who invented dynamic programming. In the process, the filmmaker attempts to solve one of his subject’s most difficult...

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  4. How Fast Can Usain Bolt Run? (2011)

    Subject
    Mathematics; Sports science

    A lecture given by Professor John D. Barrow for the Gresham College ‘Maths in Sport’ series on 15 November 2011. How can Usain Bolt improve his world 100 metres sprint record significantly without...

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  5. 11 (2011)

    Director
    Brady Haran
    Subject
    Mathematics

    A fascinating explanation of the role of the number 11 in error detection codes, with examples of ISBNs and damaged CDs.

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  6. Twisting, Coiling , Knotting: Maths and Dna Replication (2010)

    Subject
    Biology; Mathematics

    The proportions of a DNA molecule in a human cell are equivalent to a 2000-mile-long rope packed inside the Millennium Dome. When DNA replicates, it spins at an astonishing 10 turns per second. Therefore, it...

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  7. Mathematics in the Real World: from Brain Tumours to Saving Marriages (2009)

    Subject
    Mathematics; Medical sciences; Social Studies

    Video recording of the Bakerian Prize Lecture given by Professor James Murray of Oxford University on 26/3/2009 at the RSA. Practical mathematical models are becoming an accepted part of most medical and...

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  8. Greg Lynn on Calculus in Architecture (2009)

    Subject
    Architecture; Mathematics

    Greg Lynn talks about the mathematical roots of architecture and how calculus and digital tools allow modern designers to move beyond the traditional building forms. A glorious church in Queens (and a...

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  9. High Anxieties: The Mathematics of Chaos (2008)

    Subject
    Mathematics
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 60 minutes), £195.00

    This film looks at how developments in mathematics over the last century have completely changed our understanding of the fundamental nature of the world we live in. As we approach tipping points in both the...

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  10. How to Make Better Decisions (2008)

    Subject
    Mathematics; Philosophy; Psychology
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 50 minutes), £195.00

    According to scientists, decision making is not the rational process we imagine it to be. The fickle human mind can be hijacked by its surroundings or led astray by the subconscious. Experiments show that...

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