Big Picture Science – Do The Math

One plus one is two. But what’s the square root of 64, divided by 6 over 12?* Wait, don’t run for the hills! Math isn’t scary. It helps us describe and design our world, and can be easier to grasp than the straight edge of a protractor.

Discover how to walk through the city and number-crunch simultaneously using easy tips for estimating the number of bricks in a building or squirrels in the park. Plus, why our brains are wired for finger-counting … whether aliens would have calculators … and history’s most famous mathematical equations (after e=mc2).

*The answer is 16

Listen to individual segments here:

Part 1: Math Experiment

Part 2: Ian Stewart – Famous Equations

Part 3: Michael Anderson – Finger Counting

Part 4: Keith Devlin – Communicating Through Math

Part 5: John Adam – Everyday Math