The Story of 1
- 1 hr
The documentary shows an animated 1 climbing out of the primordial soup on to land. A humorous introduction to the origin and history of the number one. Terry Jones travels to several places around the world to examine the number one effects on uncivilized and civilized societies. In Africa the Ishango Bone with sixty notches on each side could be evidence of early mathematics. Counting people, farming, building structures, a system of exchange, was among the variety of things that the number one was useful. The counting systems varied and could be a representation of one with tokens and symbols. The documentary talks about famous people and their contribution to early mathematics.