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Everything in This Lecture Is False

Part of the Series: Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes

Part of the Series: Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes

Plunge into the world of paradoxes and puzzles with a "strange loop," a self-contradictory problem from which there is no escape. Two examples: the liar's paradox and the barber's paradox. Then "prove" that 1+1=1, and visit the Island of Knights…

Why Study Logic?

Episode 1 of An Introduction to Formal Logic

Episode 1 of An Introduction to Formal Logic

Influential philosophers throughout history have argued that humans are purely rational beings. But cognitive studies show we are wired to accept false beliefs. Review some of our built-in biases, and discover that logic is the perfect corrective. Then survey what…

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…

Plato's Heaven - A User's Guide with Professor James Robert Brown of the University of Toronto

What do mathematicians actually do? Just move symbols around or search to uncover undying truths? Most mathematicians shy away from addresing the question, but James Robert Brown, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto plunges straight in to describe…

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.

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…

Introduction to Logical Concepts

Episode 2 of An Introduction to Formal Logic

Episode 2 of An Introduction to Formal Logic

Practice finding the logical arguments hidden in statements by looking for indicator words that either appear explicitly or are implied--such as "therefore" and "because." Then see how to identify the structure of an argument, focusing on whether it is deductive…

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…

Mastering Rubik’s Cube

Episode 9 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

Episode 9 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

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…

Informal Logic and Fallacies

Episode 3 of An Introduction to Formal Logic

Episode 3 of An Introduction to Formal Logic

Explore four common logical fallacies. Circular reasoning uses a conclusion as a premise. Begging the question invokes the connotative power of language as a substitute for evidence. Equivocation changes the meaning of terms in the middle of an argument. And…

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…

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…

Geometry—Ancient Ropes and Modern Phones

Episode 1 of Geometry

Episode 1 of Geometry

Explore the origins of one of the oldest branches of mathematics. See how geometry not only deals with practical concerns such as mapping, navigation, architecture, and engineering, but also offers an intellectual journey in its own right--inviting big, deep questions.

Elementary Math Isn't Elementary

Part of the Series: Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes

Part of the Series: Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes

Discover why all numbers are interesting and why 0.99999... is nothing less than the number 1. Learn that your intuition about breaking spaghetti noodles is probably wrong. Finally, see how averages - from mileage to the Dow Jones Industrial Average…

Secrets of Mental Math

One key to expanding your math potential--whether you're a CEO or a high school student--lies in the power to perform mental calculations. Solving basic math problems in your head offers lifelong benefits including a competitive edge at work, a more…

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The Joy of the Number e

Episode 15 of The Joy of Mathematics

Episode 15 of The Joy of Mathematics

Another indispensable number to learn is e = 2.71828 ... Defined as the base of the natural logarithm, e plays a central role in calculus, and it arises naturally in many spheres of mathematics, including calculations of compound interest.

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…

The Joy of Numbers

Episode 2 of The Joy of Mathematics

Episode 2 of The Joy of Mathematics

How do you add all the numbers from 1 to 100--instantly? What makes a square number square and a triangular number triangular? Why do the rules of arithmetic really work, and how do you calculate in bases other than 10?

Mathematics and Chess

Episode 11 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

Episode 11 of The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles

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;…

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