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Both in peace and in war men need to know where they are on the surface of the earth, and, nowadays, in space.
In his fourth lecture, RV Jones investigates measurement on very large scales. How are waves used to measure the distance between stars or how fast celestial objects are moving in relation to us?
It is now possible to measure things on very small scales, but how small can we go and how much of this can be automated by computers?
RV Jones explores the history of man's attempt to measure time, from early hourglasses and pendulum clocks to quartz and atom measuring devices.
In his first lecture, Prof RV Jones considers numbers systems and in particular the rise of the decimal system and the number zero, as well as the binary system used in computing.
Modelling catastrophe through mathematics
Creating mathematical harmony with music.
Winning at Game Theory.
To infinity and beyond.
All tied up (mathematically speaking).
Numbers are not what they used to be...
By working with scales, we have seen that the laws of mechanics and electricity are not the only laws of physics. In the final lecture, Philip Morris explores a new physics, voyaging far beyond where Gulliver's ship could sail.
From the arithmetic of ratios to the science of numbers themselves, Philip Morris explores the importance of small and large numbers.
What would our technology look like if we were the size of men in Gulliver's voyages?
Philip Morrison studies the walking, running, floating, and swimming, by large animals and small, and in man-made vehicles of all kinds.
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