Watch TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words


Viewers will be amazed as the speakers give a tour of the world of numbers. From computer programs to crochet techniques to flocks of creatures, see math in action all around us.

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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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