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In Our Time

Carl Friedrich Gauss

Duration: 49 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Gauss, 'prince of mathematicians', including those on number theory, geometry, probability theory, astronomy and electromagnetism. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus du Sautoy
Interviewed Guest:
Colva Roney-Dougal
Interviewed Guest:
Nick Evans

In Our Time

Euclid's Elements

Duration: 46 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the content, history and impact of Euclid's Elements, the mathematical text book from the ancient world, originating in Alexandria in about 300BC. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus du Sautoy
Interviewed Guest:
June Barrow-Green

In Our Time

Zeno's Paradoxes

Duration: 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the paradoxes attributed to Zeno of Elea (c490-430BC) which have stimulated mathematicians and philosophers for millennia. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus du Sautoy
Interviewed Guest:
Barbara Sattler
Interviewed Guest:
James Warren

Genres

The Beauty of Diagrams

Episode 1: Vitruvian Man

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The story behind Leonardo da Vinci's diagram of the perfect human body, which synthesises his passions for anatomy, the mechanics of the human body and geometry. Show more

The Beauty of Diagrams

Episode 2: Copernicus

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

In 1543, a diagram drawn by a Polish priest revealed to the world a revolutionary idea, one that would change for ever man’s sense of his place in the cosmos – a sun-centred universe. Show more

The Beauty of Diagrams

Episode 3: Newton's Prism

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 2 months

Marcus du Sautoy tells the story behind Isaac Newton's diagram of a prism which demonstrated that white light is not pure, but made up of different colours. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Marcus du Sautoy explores the story behind Odile Crick's diagram of the DNA double helix, arguably the most famous and significant scientific diagram of the last 100 years. Show more

The Beauty of Diagrams

Episode 4: Florence Nightingale

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The story behind Florence Nightingale's rose diagram, designed to persuade the government that lives could be saved with better sanitation in hospitals. Show more

The Beauty of Diagrams

Episode 6: Pioneer Plaque

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Marcus du Sautoy explores the story behind the Pioneer Plaque, a diagram on board a space probe which would reveal facts about the Earth to extraterrestrial life. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sadeq Saba travels to Iran to explore the life and work of Omar Khayyam, the great medieval mathematician and poet whose philosophy continues to resonate with modern Iranians. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Marcus du Sautoy
Participant:
Andrew Motion
Participant:
Art Malik
Executive Producer:
Neil Cameron

Start the Week

A Theory of Everything?

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Cultural discussion show. Tom Sutcliffe on a theory of everything with scientists Marcus du Sautoy, Roger Penrose and Suzie Sheehy, and novelist Joanna Kavenna. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus du Sautoy
Interviewed Guest:
Suzie Sheehy
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Penrose
Interviewed Guest:
Joanna Kavenna
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Marcus du Sautoy demystifies the hidden world of algorithms, revealing where these 2,000-year-old problem-solvers came from, how they work and what they have achieved. Show more

In Tune Highlights

“They are both supercars!” – Joseph Calleja on his Tosca co-stars Angela Gheorghiu and Adrianne Pieczonka.

Duration: 17 minutes

First broadcast:

Available for over a year

Katie Derham presents highlights from In Tune, with tenor Joseph Calleja, mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy, conductor Francois-Xavier Roth and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Joseph Calleja
Interviewed Guest:
François‐Xavier Roth
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus du Sautoy
Interviewer:
Katie Derham

The Quizeum

Series 2

Episode 5

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Museum-based quiz panel show. Griff Rhys Jones tests two teams of experts at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry, located in the oldest surviving passenger railway station. Show more

Contributors

Panellist:
Kate Williams
Panellist:
Janina Ramirez
Panellist:
Helen Czerski
Executive Producer:
Aisling O'Connor
Executive Producer:
Andrew Fettis
Executive Producer:
Sarah Broughton
Director:
Peter Smith
Series Producer:
Tom Webber
Production Company:
Modern Television Ltd

The Sky at Night

Into the Dark Zone

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The team looks at the trans-Neptunian objects - a vast number of strange, dark, icy worlds - which played a crucial role in the evolution of our solar system. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Tim Usborne
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Quizeum

Series 1

Episode 7

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Museum-based quiz panel show. Griff Rhys Jones tests a two teams of experts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge. Show more

Midweek

Ruby Wax, Wendy Law-Yone, Marcus du Sautoy, Ian Martin

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Mariella Frostrup meets Ruby Wax, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, writer Wendy Law-Yone, and Ian Martin of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Ruby Wax
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus du Sautoy
Interviewed Guest:
Wendy Law-Yone
Interviewed Guest:
Ian Martin

Brand

Midweek

Precision: The Measure of All Things

Episode 2: Mass and Moles

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Marcus du Sautoy explores the history of Le Grand K - the world's master kilogramme - and the race to replace it now that it has been discovered to be losing weight. Show more

Precision: The Measure of All Things

Episode 3: Heat, Light and Electricity

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

From lightning bolts to single electrons, Marcus du Sautoy reveals how we came to measure and harness the power of heat, light and electricity. Show more