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SHAPES – Episode 2 (from the series THE CODE)

BBCTV  UK   Co-produced with the Open University, UK

Marcus de Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, uncovers the patterns that explain the shape of te world around us. Startying at the hexagonal columns of North Ireland’s Giant Causeway, he discovers the extraordinary order found in nature – from rock formations to honeycomb and from salt crystals to soap bubbles.

Marcus also reveals the mysterious code that governs the randomness of mountains, clouds and trees, and explores how this could be the key to Jackson Pollock’s success, but has also breathed life into hugely successful movie animations. Marcus is also professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University, following in the footsteps of Richard Dawkins in combining top level research with a commitment to bringing science to a wide public.


Presenter:   Marcus de Sautoy

Producer:    Michael Lachmann

Series Producer:   Peter Leonard

Executive Producer:   Sacha Baveystock


SHAPES (Episode 2 of the Code) is being shown as part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival at 09:00 on Sunday 15th July 2012. A full festival programme can be found here.

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