If you have the least amount of interest in math, than this documentary set is for you. The Story of Math Collection has plenty to offer everyone, from the mathematician to the novice. The collection includes three main programs; The Story of Maths, Music of the Primes, and The Code. These programs offer an insight into mathematics that you may not have thought about before; at the same time, showing us the history of mathematics and its impact on our world and us.
The Story of Maths is a four part series which looks at the history of mathematics and the impact that its evolution has had on our society. Starting with the first use of numbers being used in trading and architecture in the earliest civilizations to the technological and academic uses of it today, The Story of Maths gives us all that we could want to know. The Story of Maths uses artifacts, historical records, and computer generated simulations; it brings the history of numbers and math to life. The explanations given are complicated but still easy to understand. The narrator and mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy, explains things in a way that can be understood by someone with a base understanding of math. It is extremely interesting throughout and makes you begin to think about math and numbers in a whole new light.
In the three part series, The Code, du Sautoy looks at the patterns in nature and how they connect with math. In the episodes “Numbers”, “Shapes”, and “Predictions”, du Sautoy looks at how there are certain mathematical realities that are present in nature, like why the honeycombs are the shapes they are and the patterns in bird migrations. Although it is also shown that despite these mathematical truths there is still chaos within the natural world as well, like how snowflakes are not as perfect as once thought.
Music of the Primes relates music and math in such wonderful and beautiful ways, it creates music out of math and math out of music. Along with all these main programs this Athena release has many wonderful special features. There are two viewer guides; a twenty page guide to accompany The Story of Maths and a twelve page one to accompany The Code. Also included on the The Story of Maths are biographies of influential mathematicians. There are three shorts, all lasting four minutes, included on the The Code set; “Pi’s the Limits”, “Go Forth and Multiply”, and “Imagining the Impossible: The Mathematical Art of M.C. Esher.”