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Martin Rees: Are We Real?

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Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and former president of the Royal Society, delves into the deepest questions of existence in this thought provoking documentary. Rees, immaculate silver hair never out of place, embarks on an intellectual adventure illuminated by a stellar collection of talking heads in the shape of John Conway, Leonard Susskind, Max Tegmark […]

Cellular Automata

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Cellular Automata are an eye-opening way of conceiving how complexity, given enough time, can emerge from very simple rules. The most famous is Conway’s Game of Life which takes place on an infinite 2-dimensional grid of cells. The cells can be either ‘dead’ or ‘alive’ (black or white) and change as time progresses according to […]

Fermat’s Last Theorem

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BBC Horizon’s extraordinarily poignant documentary about English mathematician Andrew Wiles‘ lifelong quest to solve the greatest problem in maths – Fermat’s Last Theorem. Pierre De Fermat (1601-1665) was a famous French mathematician who contributed greatly to many fields of study including calculus. He was also known for writing curious notes suggesting various conjectures, theorems and […]