The Great Math Mystery

About the Show

A mathematical mystery tour embodying a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. Discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy and the spiral in the centre of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the successful landing of rovers on Mars. Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colourful cast of mathematicians, physicists and engineers, follows math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond as they try to determine whether mathematics is an invention or a discovery. The Great Math Mystery sheds fascinating light on how math works in our brains and ponders the ultimate mystery of why it works so well when decoding the universe.