Galileo: The universe is written in a mathematical language
Mathematics is a foreign language for some people. It is one that I don´t speak fluently. But this morning I was seeing what short radio programmes on science could be recommended, for people who are learning English but are more interested in science than languages, and gave myself a shock.
The shock was finding a totally fascinating 15 minute programme. I enjoyed it entirely, as the Irish might say.
An Oxford professor, Marcus du Sautoy, was talking about “the personalities behind the calculations from Newton to the present day” and how these “masters of abstraction find a role in the real world” He was making a really good story out of it, better than most of the stories I have heard before.
The series can be found on http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/maths
The episode which blew me away was about Nicholas Bourbaki.
You may not see me getting books on algebra out of the library but I sure as hell want to know more about those other mathematicians du Sautoy talks about.