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Marcus du Sautoy – The Art of the Shortcut

64 mins watch time

Posted September 2021


With over 2,000 years of knowledge to draw on, mathematics is full of better ways of thinking. Shortcuts have enabled so much of human progress, whether in constructing the first cities around the Euphrates 5,000 years ago, using calculus to determine the scale of the universe or in writing today’s algorithms that help us find a new life partner. Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explores the long history of shortcuts.