The Story of 1
How A Single Digit Created Math and Changed the WorldStreaming Video - 2007
The humble digit 1 has in actuality been the prime mover in creating the entire concept of mathematics-and a surprisingly large force in the shaping of world history. This very clever video hosted by the irrepressible Terry Jones of Monty Python fame tells the entire story of 1 and how, with 0, it has come to dominate society through digital technology. Landmark developments-addition and subtraction in Sumer, measurement in Egypt, geometry in Greece, Roman numerals in Rome, "Arabic" numbers in India, and more-are spotlighted. In addition, pivotal figures including Pythagoras, Archimedes, al-Khuwarizmi, Fibonacci, and Leibniz are introduced. Recommended for grades 6-18.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c2005
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (60 min.) :,sd., col., digital file
Alternative Title: How a single digit created math and changed the world