Mathematical models: from sundials to number engines - for iPad/Mac/PC

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Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have used everyday materials to create mathematical models of the world around them. This album explores the ancient Greeks' astrolabe as a model of the skies; the sundial, to tell the time; Babylonian clay tablets to record wages and trading of sheep; wooden tallies for bulk-buying beer, the Incas' use of knots and string, and the sophisticated number-engine invented by Charles Babbage. This material forms part of The Open University course MST121 Using mathematics.
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Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have used everyday materials to create mathematical models of the world around them. This album explores the ancient Greeks' astrolabe as a model of the skies; the sundial, to tell the time; Babylonian clay tablets to record wages and trading of sheep; wooden tallies for bulk-buying beer, the Incas' use of knots and string, and the sophisticated number-engine invented by Charles Babbage. This material forms part of The Open University course MST121 Using mathematics.
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Mathematical models: from...

26 Mar 2010 | 50 secs

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The sundial as a mathemat...

26 Mar 2010 | 01 min 33 secs

The sundial as a mat...

26 Mar 2010 | 01 min 33 secs

Reading the sky with the ...

26 Mar 2010 | 02 mins 55 secs

Reading the sky with...

26 Mar 2010 | 02 mins 55 secs

Recording sales in clay t...

26 Mar 2010 | 02 mins 20 secs

Recording sales in c...

26 Mar 2010 | 02 mins 20 secs

Incas and their knots

26 Mar 2010 | 01 min 17 secs

Incas and their knot...

26 Mar 2010 | 01 min 17 secs

Wooden tallies for buying...

26 Mar 2010 | 01 min 10 secs

Wooden tallies for b...

26 Mar 2010 | 01 min 10 secs

John Napier's mathematica...

26 Mar 2010 | 03 mins 04 secs

John Napier's mathem...

26 Mar 2010 | 03 mins 04 secs

Babbage's engine of preci...

26 Mar 2010 | 02 mins 01 sec

Babbage's engine of ...

26 Mar 2010 | 02 mins 01 sec