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.

1 Season, 9 Episodes
November 18, 2017
Documentary & Biography, Science & Technology
TEDTalks: Numbers Speak Louder than Words

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.

  • Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, talks about his quest to make all knowledge computational -- able to be searched, processed and manipulated.

  • Physicist Geoffrey West finds that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and other aspects of a city is deduced from one number: the city's population.

  • I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof, said Ron Eglash as he greeted African families to research fractal patterns in villages.

  • Kevin Slavin argues that algorithms create and control our world. These computer programs determine everything from espionage tactics to architecture.

  • Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician.

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