Watch TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words

Ted Talks is a series of documentaries that has experts from various fields of study give lectures about our world today, how it was in the past, and where it is going in the future. This lecture is about the magical world of numbers, and the amazing doors that can be opened using the power of mathematics.

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TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words Full Episode Guide

  • Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (birds, fireflies and fish) synchronize and act as a unit, when no one's giving orders.

  • From the spin of subatomic particles to a beautiful arabesque, the world turns on symmetry. Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse.

  • Mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot explores the complexity of roughness, and how fractal math can find order in unknowably complicated patterns.

  • Using raw data on violent events in the Iraq War, Sean Gourley finds a strong mathematical relationship linking the fatality and frequency of attacks.

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