Mysteries of the Mathematical Universe

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Mathematical mysteries have challenged humanity’s most powerful thinkers and inspired passionate, lifelong obsessions in search of answers. From the strangeness of prime numbers and the nature of infinity, to the turbulent flow of fluids and the geometry of hyperspace, mathematics is our most potent tool for revealing immutable truths. The event was a vibrant tour to the boundaries of the mathematical universe, and explore the deep puzzles that have been solved, the masterminds who powered the breakthroughs, and the towering challenges that have shaken the confidence of some of today’s most accomplished mathematicians—even as they enlist new ways to pursue mathematical truths.

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Original Program Date: June 3, 2011
MODERATOR: Robert Krulwich
PARTICIPANTS: Jonathan Borwein, Keith Devlin, Marcus du Sautoy, Simon Singh

Welcome to the Mathematical Universe. 00:13

Participant Introductions. 01:50

What about math got you interested in the subject? 04:07

Is math an instinct in humans? 10:20

When in history did the number come into existence? 15:22

Math was key to ancient survival. 20:27

1+1=0 Adding in binary. 25:59

Why are some people better at math than others? 26:55

Nontransitive dice game. 33:44

What’s the best story about math… Infinite primes? 38:05

Do all math problems have an answer? 44:33

The computer replacing the mathematician? 54:40

Can we mathematically understand the universe we are in without seeing it? 58:48

Perfect Rigour and Grigori Perelman solved the Poincare Conjecture 01:03:10

If you have determination math is easy. 01:09:09

Mathematics is hierarchical and you need to start from the beginning. 01:13:07


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Kerry Campbell says:

Great mathematicians but the wrong mediator should have had a more knowledgeable person in that seat. He was unequal knowledge wise he could have asked better questions.

Lianne Stargazer says:

thanks I was looking for a video online for people to interpret what they love about math 🙂 I'm 14

reda abakhti says:

frustrating host questions could have been a lot better not just ask dumb questions that are not really interesting to answer but also interrupts others

Ernesto Lombardo says:

Well now I'm feeling melancholy. Because it's over and I absolutely loved it, wanted this talk to go on and on and on.

David Matine says:

So if you're ever invited to host a panel apparently it's ok to show up drunk

Krish Rao says:

Thumbs up for all the participants and thumbs down for the moderator Robert Krulwich

George Missailidis says:

Was Simon Singh on numberphile, talking about Fermat’s last Theorem and the simpsons??

David says:

36:00 Spot on! In the 8th grade I had a math teacher who literally did not know how to spell 'algebra' and had no college degree either. Needless to say I was not in that school much longer.

Mattheze says:

i listen to this when i do my homework and sometimes i wonder why 4 men are arguing over a mystery of the mathematical universe

14598175 says:

We don't have words for more than 3, if we were the bird without numbers we could do "hunter", then "another" and finally "next one" or "even another" but beyond 3 it really is just an ambiguous "group" or "more" estimate. So if the Amazonians wanted to raise their price, they would simply say "more" until the estimate looks good. We do this with sharing candy all the time. Sharing M&M's I'd say more if my wife gave me 2, but I wouldn't want an entire handful.

Physcotisimnist says:

Math is another figment of our imagination, used to make things in life easier, yet complicated.

the deeliciousplum says:

The World Science Festival does host numerous and enlightening guests. It is often that from these discussions, I am pressed to explore the speakers via their personal websites, talks, and writings. What I find deeply troubling is the host. He does an exceptionally disheartening job of representing the character of someone who does not know about a topic. One positive thing that I can say about the host is that he helps me to build a much needed ignore filter which is applied whenever the host is engaging in what comes naturally to him. I am not saying that the host is not a thoughtful and passionate gentleman. He may simply be not well-suited for hosting public events.

Rob Bowman says:

I had to give up half way. The host completely derailed what could have been a very interesting discussion. Through his own lack of understanding, he repeatedly coerced the speakers into somehow "defending" mathematics. It can be interesting to have a lay moderator, but they must be willing to sit back and allow the experts to tell their passionate stories.

walter bishop says:

It's instinct just the constants are different in different plantes or tribes. unlike physics we can have man made constants in math

Jm Crop says:

Some do not realise the world of maths has moved from 3 millenia old ancient greek (actually the Sumerian & Egyptian) knowledge to the world of quantum reality where 1 can be -1 at the same time. Ancient Greeks (not to be confused by the lazy modern day Greeks) had learned maths from the Sumerians and ancient Egyptians. These two civilizations contributions to science and maths have not been widely investigated and credited by the western world, I think this is because whereas the ancient Greeks are considered to be white aryan race, other ancient civilizations are not. There is some valid debate on this on the internet.

Radio TV says:

Completely roasted at 23:45

Manuel Bolivar says:

Presenter: Robert Krulwich (Radio & Television Journalist)
Panelists: Keith Devlin, Jonathan Borwein, Marcus du Sautoy, Simon Singh

confused says:

Dude .. you don't wear sandals.. and without socks… to the conference… and you look lost too.

John Ferguson says:

Miss-titled? Yes it is, but it does show a wonderful insight into some of the greatest Mathematicians that have lived and that are still living. Thanks guys for a very interesting video. (More please)!

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