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Arthur Benjamin Does Mathemagic

In this video, courtesy of TED, Arthur Benjamin performs amazing feats of 'mathemagic'. Beginning by multiplying two 2 digit numbers he continues by mentally squaring two digit numbers and three digit numbers more quickly that the calculations can be performed using a calculator.

The performance...

Marcus Du Sautoy: Symmetry Reality's Riddle

In this video, courtesy of TED, Marcus du Sautoy tells the story of Évariste Galois' work in the mathematical area of symmetry. The language of symmetry holds the key to understanding in a number of scientific area such as molecular structure and microbiology.

The story continues by looking at the...

Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals the Art of Roughness

In this video, courtesy of TED, Benoit Mandlebrot talks about fractals. Beginning by looking at a cauliflower, how each floret is an exact replica of the whole cauliflower, but smaller. By considering the surface area of the cauliflower, the conversation moves on to describe what is termed as the 'roughness' of a...

Scott Kim Takes Apart the Art of Puzzles

In this video, courtesy of TED, Scott Kim, puzzle designer, takes a tour through the story of designing puzzles. A puzzle is a well designed problem that has a right answer and is fun to solve. Being able to create puzzles has applications in computing and the principles involved in solving puzzles can be used...

Adam Spencer: Why I Fell in Love with Monster Prime Numbers

In this video, courtesy of TED, Adam Spencer describes his love of mathematics and takes a humorous look at the topic of prime numbers and in particular looks at the largest prime number known which is over 17000 digits long.

Adam explains how computers have sped up the search for primes, analyse data...

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