Friday 19 August 2011

The Code

Have you been watching the BBC's The Code?

This three part series was a fascinating glimpse into the world of mathematics, presented by the ever-inspiring Marcus du Sautoy. It finished last week and unfortunately the BBC have already removed it from the iPlayer. But there are several clips you can still find there.

There is also a code-breaking challenge on The Code website. The cryptic questions all have answers provided by way of clues throughout the series. As far as I can tell, the clips that are still on the iPlayer contain some or all of these clues, so it is not too late to get involved.

Marcus du Sautoy, with the help of some whizzy BBC graphics and a good budget, has a great way of teaching the subject. He gives an insight into a wide variety of mathematics, even complicated areas, making them accessible to a wide audience. It's a children's programme really, as the treasure hunt on the website shows, but   the depth of the presentation ensures that there is something to be learned whatever your level of maths.

All of this is really impressive stuff. It's just a shame there were only 3 episodes of The Code. Keep up the good work BBC and please, re-run the programme some time.

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