Episode 3
Monday 26 January 2009
In this programme, Marcus du Sautoy explores the work of RenĂ© Descartes and Pierre Fermat, whose famous Last Theorem would puzzle mathematicians for more than 350 years. He also examines Isaac Newton's development of the calculus, and goes in search of Leonard Euler, the father of topology or 'bendy geometry' and Carl Friedrich Gauss, who, at the age of 24, was responsible for inventing a new way of handling equations: modular arithmetic.
Written and presented by Marcus Du Sautoy ; Produced & directed by David Berry.