Math-ical Mystery Tour

by Andrea Morris
Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016



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There's more than meets the eye on today's mural. The WGBH-produced Nova goes on a provocative exploration of math’s astonishing power across the centuries with The Great Math Mystery.  We discover math’s signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, the spiral in the center of a sunflower, and the dodecahedron-shape of a pomegranate seed. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson and the successful landing of rovers on Mars. But where does math get its power? Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follows math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ultimate riddle: Is math an invention or a discovery? Is it humankind’s clever trick or the language of the universe?

Find out tonight at 9pm on WHBH 2. More airings

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