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Okay, but many of the concepts and 'revelations' are hardly new or revolutionary
Oxford Mathematics Professor Marcus du Sautoy examines the numbers and formulae that govern the world around us.
So-so. Should have been quite interesting but instead largely consisted of hyping up basic physics into something earth-shatteringly profound. Unless you've never done high school science, physics or maths, many of the 'revelations' are things you already know and take for granted, e.g. gravity, pi (and its significance in circles).
Maybe it is because I have a mathematical background (Masters degree in Statistics), but just about everything seemed dumbed down. Even to the point where du Sautoy dumbs down the science itself, e.g. using speed instead of velocity in one example. Maybe that was the target audience - people who don't know much about science or maths.
Not that it's all unedifying. There are some parts that are genuinely new and interesting, e.g. patterns and codes in nature. The nautilus's shell and the swallows' flying pattern were quite interesting.
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