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The Code Using probability functions to help locate serial killers New

Marcus du Sautoy meets a detective with a PhD in mathematics who has created a probability function that can help narrow down the area in which a serial killer is likely to live. The case of Jack the Ripper is outlined, and the probable street where he lives revealed. The function is then broken down and the different elements explained: ...
  • 2011
  • 00:04:33
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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The Code Hexagons in the natural world New

Marcus du Sautoy visits a beekeeper and explores how bees create their honeycombs. If they are going to tessellate they have a limited number of regular polygons they could choose from, but the hexagon is the most efficient – giving the maximum storage area for the least amount of wax. In fact, the bees do not create hexagons, but circular ...
  • 2011
  • 00:05:13
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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The Code Imaginary numbers at use in the real world New

Starting with the logical roots of arithmetic with negative numbers, Marcus du Sautoy explains how mathematicians created imaginary numbers by ‘imagining’ the square root of -1. Though imaginary in nature, he then explores how this abstract mathematical idea has become vital to air traffic control systems. Teacher notes: Use as an enrichment and extension clip during a series of lessons ...
  • 2011
  • 00:04:33
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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The Code Using patterns in Google searches to predict flu outbreaks New

Marcus du Sautoy explores how internet searches are building up a huge database of linked information which can then be mined for patterns. Visiting Google’s offices, he sees this at work and reveals just how closely Google can predict flu outbreaks, even before hospitals have begun to need to respond to them. Flu kills hundreds of thousands each year, but ...
  • 2011
  • 00:04:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World The Atomic bomb New

Andrew Marr explores the development and deployment of the first atomic bomb. He describes the moral dilemma faced by the scientists of the Manhattan Project, and the fallout from the detonation of the bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Warning: Contains some upsetting and disturbing scenes. Teacher notes: Students could write a series of haiku poems (5-7-5 syllables) justifying ...
  • 2012
  • 00:08:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World Hitler's rise to power New

Andrew Marr tells the story of Hitler’s rise to power in Weimar Germany from 1919 to 1933. He explores Hitler’s years in the wilderness after the First World War, the Munich Putsch and the reason for his electoral success in 1933. Teacher notes: Pupils could use the video to write a news report or fact file about Hitler’s background. They ...
  • 2012
  • 00:08:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World American Civil War New

Andrew Marr describes how the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln changed American history forever. The focus is on Abraham Lincoln’s role in the conflict and his assassination. Scenes shown include violence towards slaves, Lincoln’s assassination and battle scenes. The long-term consequences of national division, segregation and lynching are also outlined. Warning: There are violent scenes in this video. Teacher ...
  • 2012
  • 00:09:40
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World The French Revolution New

Andrew Marr tells the story of the French Revolution. He explores the causes and events, Louis XVI’s failed escape and execution and Napoleon’s ascent to power. Warning: There are some violent scenes of execution and riot. Teacher notes: Before viewing this video, the teacher could prepare a checklist of key points for students. This might be given to students before ...
  • 2012
  • 00:10:15
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World The Industrial Revolution New

Andrew Marr tells the story of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. He explores the context and triggers, the inventions and innovations that powered the revolution. He also looks at the important economic, political and social consequences. Teacher notes: Students could create a range of 'cause and consequence' revision cards about the Industrial Revolution. Causes could include the impact of coal and the ...
  • 2012
  • 00:06:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Andrew Marr's History of the World Development of the contraceptive pill New

Andrew Marr explores the significance of the birth control movement in the United States in the early 20th century. He looks at the background and controversy, the campaigning efforts of Margaret Sanger and the social impact of the contraceptive pill. Warning: Contains upsetting scenes. Teacher notes: This video can be used to consider the social impact of birth control on ...
  • 2012
  • 00:05:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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