Sendetermine /


The Frontiers of Space


The solving of mathematical problems became a spectator sport in the 16th century, with generous prizes given to the winners. In such a competitive atmosphere, it’s not surprising that mathematicians would jealously guard their knowledge – and in some cases, behave very badly. Girolamo Cardano appeared to solve a problem known as the cubic, but he had stolen the solution from a rival mathematician - Nicolo Tartaglia.

France began to challenge Italian mathematical domination with Rene Descartes, who linked algebra and geometry – a decisive step that would change the course of the discipline forever. He was followed by a maths prodigy, Pascal, who proved that the sum of the angles of a triangle were equal to two right angles at just 12 years old. Pascal went on to invent a mechanical calculator and proved that a vacuum could exist.

In England, Isaac Newton developed calculus, which could account for the orbits of the planets, but spent the rest of his life embroiled in a dispute with a German mathematician over who developed it first.

(Episode three of the four-part series "The Story of Maths")

Sendetermine: The Frontiers of Space

Bereits ausgestrahlte Sendungen:

WDR Fernsehen

Fr. 28.09.2018, 7:20h

WDR Fernsehen

Mi. 26.09.2018, 7:20h



11 - 13

DVD-Signatur Medienzentren:

Online-Signatur Medienzentren:




60 Minuten

Aug Sept Okt
26 27 28 29 30 31 01
02 03 04 05 06 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 01 02 03 04 05 06
Zeitschrift planet schule abonnieren
Zeitschrift planet schule abonnieren
Unser TV-Angebot
Programm per E-Mail
Preisgekrönte Projekte
Preisgekrönte Projekte