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Inside Einstein's Mind

Part of the Series: NOVA

Part of the Series: NOVA

On November 25th, 1915, Einstein published his greatest work: general relativity. The theory transformed our understanding of nature's laws and the entire history of the cosmos, reaching back to the origin of time itself. Now, in celebration of the 100th…

Julia Robinson and Hilbert’s Tenth Problem

Julia Robinson, a pioneer among American women in mathematics, rose to prominence in a field where often she was the only woman. Julia Robinson was the first woman elected to the mathematical section of the National Academy of Sciences, and…

Math in Your Head!

Episode 1 of Secrets of Mental Math

Episode 1 of Secrets of Mental Math

Dive right into the joys of mental math. First, learn the fundamental strategies of mental arithmetic (including the value of adding from left to right, unlike what you do on paper). Then, discover how a variety of shortcuts hold the…

Top Secret Rosies

In 1942 a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit Rosie the Riveter to the factory, this clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human 'computers' for…

Hard Problems: The Road to the World's Toughest Math Contest

Hard Problems documents the formation of the 2006 U. S. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) team, showing how high school students are selected, train, and then compete with students from 90 countries in the 2006 IMO. Produced in association with the…

N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös

A man with no home and no job, Paul Erdos was the most prolific mathematician who ever lived. Born in Hungary in 1913, Erdos wrote and co-authored over 1,500 papers and pioneered several fields in theoretical mathematics. At the age…

Differentiation

The 14 videos in this collection focus on all aspects of Differentiation, from maxima and minima to the chain, product and quotient rule. Clip #1: "Differentiation From First Principles" -
Clip #2: "Differentiating Powers of x" -
Clip #3: "Differentiating…

14 videos

Big Dream - Young Women Entering STEM Fields

This film follows the intimate stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passion in science, math, computing & engineering (STEM) fields. Through video diaries and verite moments, each of these girls…

Functions and Graphs

The 8 videos in this collection focus on all aspects of Functions and Graphs. Clip #1: "Introduction to Functions" -
Clip #2: "Linear Functions" -
Clip #3: "Polynomial Functions" -
Clip #4: "Exponential and Logarithm Functions" -
Clip #5: "Trigonometric…

8 videos

Mathematics and Chess

Episode 11 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku Series

Episode 11 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku Series

Chess is more like doing real mathematics than almost any other game out there. You'll get a quick overview of how it's is played; learn how to see connections between math and chess; explore some classic chess puzzles and problems;…

Practical Poker Probabilities

Episode 5 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku Series

Episode 5 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku Series

Investigate the mathematics of Texas Hold'em, one of the most popular traditional poker games. What's the probability your hand will improve before and after more cards are revealed? How do you calculate your "pot odds" to help you determine your…

Arithmetic

The 8 videos in this collection focus on all aspects of Arithmetic, from fractions to percentages and ratios. Clip #1: "Fractions - Basic Ideas" -
Clip #2: "Fractions: Adding and Subtracting" -
Clip #3: "Fractions: Multiplying and Dividing" -
Clip…

8 videos

Mental Addition and Subtraction

Episode 2 of Secrets of Mental Math

Episode 2 of Secrets of Mental Math

Professor Benjamin demonstrates how easily you can mentally add and subtract one-, two-, and three-digit numbers. He also shows you shortcuts using the complement of a number (its distance from 100 or 1000) and demonstrates the uses of mental addition…

Mental Math and Paper

Episode 6 of Secrets of Mental Math

Episode 6 of Secrets of Mental Math

Sometimes we encounter math problems on paper in our daily lives. Even so, there are some rarely taught techniques to help speed up your calculations and check your answers when you are adding tall columns of numbers, multiplying numbers of…

Optimal Blackjack and Simple Card Counting

Episode 3 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku Series

Episode 3 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku Series

Depending on how you play it, blackjack can be the best or the worst game in a casino. Here, Professor Benjamin shows you how to get the best of blackjack before it gets the best of you. By taking you…

The Joy of Math - The Big Picture

Episode 1 of The Joy of Mathematics

Episode 1 of The Joy of Mathematics

Professor Benjamin introduces the ABCs of math appreciation: The field can be loved for its applications, its beauty and structure, and its certainty. Most of all, mathematics is a source of endless delight through creative play with numbers.

Mastering Rubik’s Cube

Episode 9 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku Series

Episode 9 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku Series

It's one of the most famous puzzles ever invented. But Professor Benjamin has an easy-to-learn, eight-step method for solving this mind-bending puzzle quickly and accurately--every time. After examining the mathematics behind the cube, you'll follow him step-by-step through an algorithm…

Integration

The 11 videos in this collection focus on all aspects of Integration, from integration as summation to integration leading to log functions. Clip #1: "Integration as Summation" -
Clip #2: "Integration as the Reverse of Differentiation" -
Clip #3: "Integration…

11 videos

I Want To Be A Mathematician: A Conversation with Paul Halmos

A 44-minute interview with mathematician Paul Halmos that touches on the Moore Method, becoming a mathematician, great teachers, designing a course, writing, and the state of education in the United States. The interview conducted in 1999 by Peter Renz and…

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