No doubt the math masters of the world will award (Prime Number) 5 stars. The mathematics is there as well as very interesting fact and stories of where some of the great numbers thoughts generated from in history. The camera takes you on a Grande Tour of places of the world, beginning with Egypt and the pyramids, in explaining the Pythagorean theorem beginnings, Golden Ratio instances from ancient times, topology, axioms, postulates, and ...
Well, my own educational masters' degree failed to keep up with all of the terminology, and theory, causing me to award only 4 stars. It is my own mathematical ignorance that causes me to fully enjoy this educational DVD set, where others will, and have, called it dazzling. Even at moments when my depth of numbers faltered, bits of facts and stories of historical importance, surfaced to make it a learning experience. Excellent footage, and a well informed mathematical professor/host leads those most interested in math through it's roots as well as it's yet to be explored regions of thought, shape, relationships, time, and count.
Using computer images, today's math in visual form, the patterns and social relationships are investigated, questioned, and philosophized over. It's not for your average viewer, not exactly entertainment; it's a documentary engaging the mind toward the relevance of numbers.
Set includes "The Music of the Primes" (78 min documentary) in the bonus stuff. A completely different DVD with 3 Episodes:
1-- with a 2000-yr tradition
2-- of the 20th century attempts
3-- tech advancements
all leaving the Riemann's hypothesis unproven.
Bonus also includes SDH SUBTITLES, Viewer's guide with episode highlights, questions, and math bibliography and glossary. The glossary includes "chaos theory" which I first thought reflected on my own insight into the discussion of "irrational numbers."
My hypothesis is: there is an "imaginary number" of viewers, perhaps a "prime number", that will indeed find the statement "'THE STORY OF MATH' is WONDERFUL" to be a theorem, proven true by personal experience.
If you think Pythagorean Theorem is a dinosaur, then you probably are not a good fit for "THE STORY OF MATH" DVD. :) :-} ;~) Are infinite smiley-faces probable?