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Author: Marcus du Sautoy Narrator: Marcus du Sautoy Publisher: BBC Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 Format: Radio Program Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483015224

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This ten-part history of mathematics 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. Du Sautoy reveals not only some fascinating human stories (for example, the unscrupulous treatment by Newton of his German rival Leibniz and the unlikely friendship between a Cambridge professor and an unknown Indian clerk) but also the hidden connections between dry-sounding mathematical theories and the conveniences of modern life which we take for granted. Gaussian distribution curves? The bedrock of statistical analysis. Prime number theory? It underpins the security systems used by banking and finance. Marcus du Sautoy is currently Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.

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  • “Infectious…The film A Beautiful Mind did much to humanize mathematicians, and so does du Sautoy with his fund of personal anecdotes about famous boffins.”

    - Guardian (London)

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About the Author

Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi professor for the public understanding of science and professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford. He is author of six books and a play. He has presented numerous radio and TV series, including a four-part landmark TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths. He works extensively with a range of arts organizations bringing science alive for the public from the Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, a recipient of the Berwick Prize, the Zeeman Medal, and the Michael Faraday Prize, and he received an OBE for services to science.