NOVA leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour - a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the centre of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the successful landing of rovers on Mars. But where does math get its power?
Chance or coincidence? In statistics, that is often the question. Examine how the mathematics of 'luck' can put the odds in your favour.
Compound interest will be one of the most important things you ever learn. Don't believe it? Gen Fricker will explain why. Learn how compound interest works and why saving now can help you later.
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Planning to get rich quick by investing one day? Before you jump in, let Gen Fricker explain some of the risks involved with different types of investments.
Think credit cards are basically free money? Gen Fricker will make you think again. Learn how interest rates and fees affect the money you borrow and why they may be more expensive in the long run.
What is the true cost of buying something? Gen Fricker explains that it's more than just money. Learn about opportunity cost what it is, why it's a helpful tool and when to use it.
As a first step in visualising data, this film focuses on the use of stem plots to understand raw data. The US Army experienced an equipment shortage and as a result used statistics to ensure soldiers are properly outfitted for war. Data from soldiers' foot measurements and Toyota's fuel-efficient vehicles are transformed in stem plots.
Learn about income tax - what it is, how it works and when you have to pay it.
The Challenger space shuttle disaster was blamed on faulty O-rings. How can probability calculations on random variables help predict the chances of this kind of failure?
Casinos are as well versed in probability as statisticians and probability models help them maintain the house advantage over gamblers.
An inspiration film that explores the brilliance of a mathematician that many believed could decipher the very fabric of the universe - possibly existence itself.
Probability is the mathematics of chance behaviour - and can help predict events such as the daily weather, or whether an asteroid will collide with Earth.
Struggling with Rubik's Cube since it came out in the '80s? Learn how to solve the puzzle from any one of the 43 quintrillion starting points with an algorithm and simple advice.
What are the chances that two people share the same birthday?
A visit to the University of New Hampshire Survey Centre illustrates how pollsters create accurate surveys. They can then use details from their sample to make inferences about a whole population.
Beyond Infinity author Eugenia Cheng explains why testing makes people so anxious about mathematics, how teaching could be transformed, and argues that maths is a way of thinking clearly, not just numbers.
Does holding a heavier clipboard make you estimate that a jar of coins has more money in it than if you're holding a lighter clipboard? Psychologists use one-way ANOVA to analyse the data from this experiment.
Historical story of how statisticians built the case against DDT as the culprit behind plummeting peregrine falcon population numbers.
Host Dr Pardis Sabeti's own research examines possible genetic resistance to deadly Lassa fever in West Africa. Using inference for two-way tables helps untangle potential relationships.
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