The first program airs on PBS on Wednesday (April 8) at 8:00 PM EST. (I
think WTIU airs the next one on Sunday, April 12, but check the local
listings to make sure.)
Watch this show and tell your friends, math teachers, etc. about it!
The web site is http://www.mathlife.wqed.org/
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
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--- LIFE BY THE NUMBERS Mathematics creative, mysterious and magical is everywhere, an invisible part of life thats being used to shape the future. LIFE BY THE NUMBERS, hosted by Danny Glover, presents a new image for mathematics one thats exciting, empowering and imaginative. The seven-part series, airing on PBS beginning Wednesday, April 8, 1998, 8:00 p.m. ET (check local listings), reveals the crucial role mathematics plays in sports, work, education, exploration, chance, virtual reality and life in general. The remaining episodes air in April and May 1998. "You might not realize it, but mathematics can unlock incredible power," Glover explains in the series. "You can use it to make your dreams become reality. Mathematics is a powerful tool for exploring life on earth and discovering our place in the universe." The series covers topics ranging from the way statistics help make predictions to the role mathematics plays in creating special effects to explaining why an ape could never grow to be the size of King Kong. * "Seeing Is Believing" (4/8) The special effects in movies are mathematics in action. The first special effects ever created Renaissance paintings also owe their existence to mathematics. From IMAX films to modern art and virtual reality, mathematics helps define space and present visions to the world. * "The Numbers Game" Sports and mathematics have long been tied together batting averages, golf handicaps, odds at the racetrack, even the geometry of the baseball diamond. In the push to run faster, jump farther and reach the limits of the human body, mathematics is critical to success in sports from basketball to sky surfing. * "Patterns of Nature" Why do zebras have stripes instead of spots? Can grasshoppers grow to the size of dinosaurs? How are simple ropes and strings like those found in any garage helping scientists understand viruses? Mathematics is a brand new tool for biologists and by using mathematics, scientists are uncovering amazing things. * "Chances of a Lifetime" Most people use mathematics to make sense of life by relying on probability to gauge chance and risk. Statistics can help people make predictions about everything from the weather to the roulette wheel. * "Shape of the World" Hundreds of years before Columbus set sail, the Greeks used mathematics to determine the size and shape of the planet. Viewers see how mathematics has become a tool to explore the earth and the heavens as the world and the cosmos is charted. * "A New Age" Contrary to popular belief, mathematics is a bigger part of everyday life than most people realize. In fact, as the 21st century draws closer, the "information age" is being driven by mathematics. * "Making a Difference" Around the country, dynamic educators, innovative researchers and passionate parents are exploring new ways to make math make sense. Today, exciting reform initiatives are placing mathematics in a "real world" context while encouraging students to approach problems using familiar tools such as calculators, computers and daily journals. A companion book, written by Keith Devlin and published by John Wylie & Sons, Inc., will be available in April 1998. Devlins other works include Goodbye, Descartes and Mathematics: The New Golden Age. LIFE BY THE NUMBERS is an example of PBS commitment to presenting programs that entertain as well as educate. Day & time: check with your local station Credits Underwriters: Texas Instruments, National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, McDonnell Douglas Foundation and Alcoa Foundation. Producer: WQED Pittsburgh. Executive producer: Greg Andorfer. Series producer: David Elisco. Project director: James C. Rogal. Producers: Gina Catanzarite, David Elisco, Mary Rawson and Joe Seamans. Post-production coordinator: Mary Guering. Executive in charge of production: Carolyn Wean. Format: CC STEREO