Science - A Mathematical Mystery Tour



Fascinating BBC Horizon programme from 1984 looking at the greatest unsolved problems in mathematics including Fermats Last Therom (since solved), The Goldback Conjecture, The Riemann hypothesis, the P=NP Problem, and more. Featuring interviews with many modern mathematicians, this documentary also looks at the history of maths and some of if its major players from Euclid to Bertrand Russell. In discussing the fact that proof requires more than calculated verification reference is made to the Merten Conjecture. A conjecture which was disproved in 1984, despite holding firm for 99 years and having been verified on computer up to the first 10 billion numbers. Afact that makes us think about the things in our own lives which, with far less evidence, we consider to be certainties. Documentary about pure mathematics, featuring the Japanese mathematicians who had just broken their own world record calculating pi to 16 million decimal points a $25000 prize for the first person to prove there are an infinite number of twin primes and why it took Bertrand Russell 362 pages to prove that one plus one equals two.