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A Brief History of Mathematics - The mathematicians who helped Einstein


This ten part history of mathematics from Newton to the present day, reveals the personalities behind the calculations: the passions and rivalries of mathematicians struggling to get their ideas heard. Professor Marcus du Sautoy shows how these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world and proves that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. Today, the pioneering nineteenth century mathematicians who helped Albert Einstien with his maths: Jonas Bolyai, Nicolas Loachevski and Bernhard Riemann. Without the mathematics to describe curved space and multiple dimensions, the theory of relativity doesn't really work. Producer: Anna Buckley.

Broadcasts

  • 2010-06-21 15:45:00 - 2010-06-21 16:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,
  • 2010-09-29 23:45:00 - 2010-09-30 00:30:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,