The Greek Legacy: How Greek Maths Changed the World
With Professor Alan Davies
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About this video
How the Ancient Greeks shaped modern mathematics
Professor Alan Davies presents a series of groundbreaking experiments pioneered by the Ancient Greeks. Often called the "birthplace of civilisation", Ancient Greece heralded numerous advances in philosophy, science, engineering and mathematics which have shaped our understanding of the modern world.
Assisted by Ri demo technician, Andy Marmery, Professor Davies demonstrates the key discoveries and experiments of many Greek thinkers -- from Thales and Pythagoras to Euclid, Archimedes and Hypatia of Alexandria.
The Greek Legacy
This video was created as part of the Greek Legacy series of events, generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The conference for sixth form students, held on Friday 6th March 2014, was a day of interaction and discovery - from exploring the astrolabe and the steam engine to exclaiming "Eureka!" and asking "How did they do that?". Alongside Professor Davies' demonstrations, talks were presented on Euclid and Hypatia. The audience discovered how the Greek Philosophers established the foundation of modern mathematics through the concept of proof, and students from Imperial College presented Greeks: The Musical!
Plus, there was the first ever public-screening of the Ri animation, The Greek Legacy.
- Professor Alan Davies, Andrew Marmery
- London, UK
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- The Theatre
The Royal Institution
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