“The great mystery of math”: everything is mathematical (or almost)

«Le grand mystère des mathématiques»: tout est mathématique (ou presque)

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Mathematics is an invention of the human to understand and read the world in which they live or they exist in nature since always?

It will reassure you immediately : it is absolutely not necessary to have the kicker of math, or even a strong interest for the discipline, to find his account in this documentary series Nova, produced by the public channel and american PBS. Only a certain dose of curiosity for the great scientific discoveries of the history of humanity is required to enjoy this panorama of the importance of mathematics from the Antiquity to our days which raises without answering the question of the origins of this discipline.

Mathematics is an invention of the human to understand and read the world in which they live or they exist in nature since always ? This question tint all the segments of the documentary, which look so educational but never too on the square of numbers, concepts, or mathematical formulas to explain many of the phenomena that govern our universe. We go from the presence of the Fibonacci sequence in botany to the utilities, multiple the number pi, passing by the mathematical logic of music, ending with the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Thus, the astrophysicist Mario Livio, the “guide” of this documentary, and his fellow scientists who are collaborating to see mathematics as the key to the universe, nothing less ! The conclusion comes, however, show the limitations of mathematics, which are not able to explain everything in some fields of study, among others, meteorology, and psychology.

The great mystery of mathematics

Télé-Québec, Wednesday, 20 h

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