Surprises in mathematics

Surprises in mathematics

Surprises in mathematics

David Acheson (who will be President of the Mathematical Association in 2010 - 2011) talks about the things that first drew him towards mathematics and then inspired him subsequently.

They involve two astonishing things:

- first the sheer persistence of the number
1089
which he used as the title of a book:

1089 and all that
A journey into mathematics

- and in showing how the Indian rope trick could actually be done.

See this on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ7_fFABc9s