My parents told me that when I was little, my favorite word was "why?" Why did that happen? Why did they do that? Why does it do that? You get the idea.
I had a million questions about why things and people did or did not do what they did. Even though I'm an adult now, I still have a million questions about why things are the way they are. Sometimes I drive my husband crazy asking him why something works the way it does. Thankfully, he has one of those very analytic minds and explains things well. That quality probably explains why I enjoy watching documentaries so much. I love to learn new things and explore new ways of looking at things especially when the topic is one I don't know a lot about.
The Code debuts on DVD from Athena June 19. The Code is the follow up to the documentary, The Story of Math. The new film was broadcast originally on BBC2 in July 2011, and is now available in the U.S. for the first time. The two-volume boxed set includes three different episodes: "Numbers," "Shapes," and "Prediction."
There are also three math-oriented shorts: "Phi's the Limit" (4 minutes), "Go Forth and Multiply" (4 minutes), and "Imagining the Impossible: The Mathematical Art of MC Escher" (4 minutes). Also included is a 12-page viewer's guide. Marcus du Sautoy travels from Chartres Cathedral to Grand Central station in search of answers that may unlock the laws of the universe.
This program will truly open your eyes. The connections that du Sautoy suggests are honestly ones I had never before considered.