Nothing says “fun and exciting” to me quite like videos about math and mathematicians. And lately, I’ve been experiencing a lot of fun and excitement watching the two videos linked below. Both are chopped into several pieces, all of which are linked below. The first is a fantastic lecture on “The Importance of Mathematics” by Timothy Gowers, a professor of mathematics at Cambridge University. In this lecture, he gives some surprisingly simple but elegant illustrations for non-mathematicians of the beauty and aesthetic charm of some good mathematics. It is a rather rewarding lecture, and is currently available on YouTube in eight (8) parts:

  1. Timothy Gowers, “The Importance of Mathematics”, Part 1
  2. Timothy Gowers, “The Importance of Mathematics”, Part 2
  3. Timothy Gowers, “The Importance of Mathematics”, Part 3
  4. Timothy Gowers, “The Importance of Mathematics”, Part 4
  5. Timothy Gowers, “The Importance of Mathematics”, Part 5
  6. Timothy Gowers, “The Importance of Mathematics”, Part 6
  7. Timothy Gowers, “The Importance of Mathematics”, Part 7
  8. Timothy Gowers, “The Importance of Mathematics”, Part 8

The second video I recently watched and enjoyed is a short documentary about Andrew Wiles’ proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem. Watch the introduction, see Professor Wiles almost break down in describing his discovery, and be hooked. This video is also available on YouTube in five parts:

  1. UKTV Documentary, “Fermat’s Last Theorem”, Part 1
  2. UKTV Documentary, “Fermat’s Last Theorem”, Part 2
  3. UKTV Documentary, “Fermat’s Last Theorem”, Part 3
  4. UKTV Documentary, “Fermat’s Last Theorem”, Part 4
  5. UKTV Documentary, “Fermat’s Last Theorem”, Part 5

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