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Beauty of Diagrams, The (3)



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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 3x50 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2010
Available in French: No

Internationally acclaimed mathematician Marcus du Sautoy shows how, far from being a reluctant visual medium, science is at the forefront of many of the world’s most iconic and revolutionary designs.

Why do complex scientific theories and equations often only make sense when portrayed in pictures? How have diagrams, drawings, sketches and graphs revolutionised our understanding of science?
 
One of the most pervasive myths about science is that it doesn’t require art. Science, we’re told, is about the logic of numbers, hard cold facts and the recording of experiences purposefully stripped of emotion. Nothing could be further from the truth.
 
In this fascinating series, Marcus du Sautoy, eminent Oxford professor of maths and public understanding of science, creatively navigates his way through diagrams that have changed our view of the world around us. From Newton’s Prism to Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and Watson and Crick’s extraordinary Double Helix, these images have not only successfully shaped opinions and beliefs, but have become accepted over time as astonishing illustrations in their own right.