00:00:03 Throughout history, humankind has struggled
00:00:07 to understand the fundamental workings of the material world.
00:00:11 We've endeavoured to discover the rules and patterns that determine the qualities
00:00:16 of the objects that surround us, and their complex relationship to us and each other.
00:00:23 Over thousands of years, societies all over the world have found that one discipline
00:00:28 above all others yields certain knowledge
00:00:31 about the underlying realities of the physical world.
00:00:35 That discipline is mathematics.
00:00:38 I'm Marcus Du Sautoy, and I'm a mathematician.
00:00:41 I see myself as a pattern searcher, hunting down the hidden structures
00:00:46 that lie behind the apparent chaos and complexity of the world around us.
00:00:52 In my search for pattern and order, I draw upon the work of the great mathematicians
00:00:58 who've gone before me, people belonging to cultures across the globe,
00:01:02 whose innovations created the language the universe is written in.
00:01:06 I want to take you on a journey through time and space, and track the growth of mathematics
00:01:12 from its awakening to the sophisticated subject we know today.
00:01:18 Using computer generated imagery, we will explore
00:01:21 the trailblazing discoveries that allowed the earliest civilisations
00:01:24 to understand the world mathematical.
00:01:28 This is the story of maths.
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