Marcus du Sautoy

Symmetry, reality's riddle

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Filmed Jan 2009 at TEDGlobal 2009
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The world turns on symmetry — from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.

Marcus du Sautoy
/ Mathematician

Oxford's newest science ambassador Marcus du Sautoy is also author of The Times' Sexy Maths column. He'll take you footballing with prime numbers, whopping symmetry groups, higher dimensions and other brow-furrowers.  Full bio.

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