Lecture 5 – The quest to predict the future
In his final Lecture, Marcus du Sautoy reveals why there is still a long way to go until mathematics can be used as the ultimate fortune teller.
Through a range of demonstrations, he shows why, although maths can predict the path of a football, some of nature's equations are harder to solve and we might need chaos to bring order.
About the 2006 CHRISTMAS LECTURES
Marcus Du Sautoy’s lectures take us on a grand tour of the fascinating world of mathematics. From numbers to shapes and from codes to chaos, the Num8er My5teries explore some of the great stories of mathematics.
The five Lectures show how a small amount of maths can bring alive some of the most exciting mysteries of the universe.
Marcus breaks down popular misconceptions about maths by revealing how mathematics has helped build the modern world. Every time we download a song from iTunes, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our mobile phones, we are relying on the great inventions of mathematics.
At the heart of every lecture is a conundrum that has stumped mathematicians and for which a million dollar reward was offered for a solution.