The Code is a Scientific Documentary programme that first aired in 2011.

The Code is a 3 star programme

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The Code (2011)

In an intriguing three-part series, Professor Marcus du Sautoy goes in search of a mysterious code: the numbers, shapes and patterns that govern our world. From the delicate architecture of our veins to the startling beauty of the night sky, numbers are everywhere. Marcus reveals patterns of numbers and shapes and explores the strange connections between them that describe and explain everything.

Marcus looks at how prime numbers can explain the unique 13-year life-cycle of the periodic cicada, how 12th-century medieval clergy used simple number ratios to create cathedrals that they felt mirrored God's creation, and why the breaking of these harmonies helps us understand why sirens are so effective at getting our attention. Next, Marcus uses another ratio – pi – to predict a Brighton fisherman's biggest-ever catch.

Exploring the bizarre world of imaginary numbers, Marcus looks at how the radar used by air traffic controllers is only made possible because of a number that doesn't exist, and describes the surprising link between the structure of the nautilus shell and Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.

Genre: Scientific Documentary

Production Year: 2011

3/5 Stars