The Nature of Things Chaos, Science and the Unexpected

This documentary is an in-depth look at how supercomputers and computer graphics have opened up a new vista for scientists as they seek to plot and predict the shapes and forms of nature. Scientists and mathematicians are now using computer graphics to produce visual representations of natural phenomena, to determine what is predictable and what is random – to explore ...
  • 1990
  • 00:45:57
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things A Head for Figures

The Nature of Things takes a good-natured look at statistics, a subject that many people find incomprehensible or irrelevant. The program illustrates how abstract mathematical ideas affect us in the real world. On the basis of statistics, laws are drafted that make seatbelts mandatory or prohibit smoking. Nevertheless, when faced with decisions about uncertain situations, people often turn to intuition ...
  • 1995
  • 00:45:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Martin Gardner: Mathemagician

"The universe is almost like a huge magic trick," says Martin Gardner. Many world-renowned scientists, mathematicians and magicians agree. Featured guests who have been influenced by Gardner include: magicians Max Maven and Michael Weber; mathematician and legendary computer hacker Bill Gospar; Harvard professor and card wizard Persi Diaconnis; renowned math genius John Horton Conway of Princeton; and Ron Graham, acrobat, ...
  • 1996
  • 00:46:08
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013