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- 16:20The History of ArtRationality and Sumptuousness: Rococo Art and Academic Art in the 18th CenturyRationality and Sumptuousness: Rococo Art and Academic Art in the 18th CenturyClassicists advocated rationalism, aspiring harmony. In 1637, French Academy was founded, bringing about the emergence of academic art.
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- 18:05The History of ArtRationality and Sumptuousness: Rococo Art and Academic Art in the 18th CenturyRationality and Sumptuousness: Rococo Art and Academic Art in the 18th CenturyClassicists advocated rationalism, aspiring harmony. In 1637, French Academy was founded, bringing about the emergence of academic art.
- 04:00Calculating Ada - The Countess of ComputingCalculating Ada - The Countess of ComputingCalculating Ada - The Countess of ComputingThis documentary reveals the life of Ada Lovelace - her legacy as the world's first computer programmer and prophet for our digital age.
- 20:00The Story of MathsThe Language of the UniverseThe Language of the UniverseTimekeeping motivated the world’s oldest mathematical devices. In ancient cultures, the need to predict the phases of the moon made a lunar calendar especially useful for the hunters of antiquity. Anthropologists have discovered bones up to 37,000 years old, with 29 notches cut into them to represent the days of the month. The first fully developed mathematical systems developed in Babylon, Egypt and Greece. Babylonian maths is based on a base 60 system, giving us 60 seconds in a minute, and 60 minutes in an hour. The mathematicians of Babylon also demonstrate that they must have been aware of Pythagoras’s theorem - at least 1,000 years before Pythagoras was born. Ancient Egypt used an unusual method of multiplication and division - one based on repeated doubling and halving. To multiply any numbers together, all that’s required is knowledge of simple addition and the two times table. Greek civilisation gave us one of the giants of Greek mathematics: Pythagoras. He treated numbers not as abstract qualities, but as comparable with physical objects - one of the most vital conceptual moves in the history of mathematics.
- 21:00The Story of MathsThe Genius of the EastThe Genius of the EastThe Mayans devised an incredibly accurate calendar. Their calculation of the lunar month varies by just 0.0004 of a day from the value accepted by astronomers today. In China, in around 200 BC, the Han Dynasty encouraged scholars to compile a book known as The Nine Chapters, which attempted to recover and preserve forever the lost teachings of the Chinese mathematicians of antiquity. The text is dedicated to solving practical, real-world problems; how to divide land or goods and how to manage building works. India was the first civilisation to develop a number system with a special symbol to represent zero – one of the great landmarks in the development of mathematics. Aryabhata, [476-550 AD] produced a method for finding the value of Pi which generates its true value more accurately than any other contemporary method. In the 7th Century AD, a new regime was established, with its centre at Baghdad, which aimed to become the world’s greatest intellectual powerhouse. They founded a new centre for learning, called The House of Wisdom, which become the focal-point of attempts to bring together the mathematical know-how of Greece, India and Babylonia.
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