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This programme looks at the French monk Marin Mersenne and his efforts and achievments.
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Module code and title: MA290, Topics in the history of mathematics
Item code: MA290; 03
First transmission date: 1987
Published: 1987
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Duration: 00:24:45
Note: Loan copy available on compilation video MA290/1,2,3,4.
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Producer: Glan Thomas
Contributors: John Bennett; Graham Flegg; Malcolm Scates
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): 17th century; Cartesian geometry; Cycloid; Descartes; French Academy of Science; Pascal; Projective geometry; Re-construction of scenes; Roberval
Subject terms: Geometry--History--17th century; Mathematics--History--17th century; Science--History--17th century; Descartes, René, 1596-1650; Mersenne, Marin
Footage description: Footage - Painting showing Rene Descartes at the court of Queen Christina of Sweden zooming to Marin Mersenne. Map of Paris. Picture of Minimite church. Actor as Mersenne praying in his cell. Mersenne rising and moving to his bed picking up a stringed instrument and plucking strings. Mersenne (actor) moving to table lifting thin piece of wood with strings. Mersenne sitting at table and writing letters with quill. List of Mersenne's correspondents. Mersenne (actor) at table covered in papers, inkpot and quill, abacus, sand timer. Mersenne (actor) moving to window seat(0'05"-6'13") - Silhouette of Roberval. Vue du pont Neuf. Graphic animation with view of ponti du Mezzo in Pisa(6'14"-9'53") - Mersenne (actor) writing at table with candlestick, inkpot and quill, abacus and sand timer. Picture of "The gathering of scholars". Mersenne (actor) reading letter. French academy of Science. Rene Descartes. Page with Greek mathematical problem. Graphic animation. Painting of Girard Desargues. Sketch of architecture. Perspective sketch by Girard Desargues. Sketch of Descartes. Page from Girard Desargues book with graphic animation(9'54"-17'39) - Table with model of conic shape with two straight lines inside, candlestick, inkpot with quill, jug and sand timer. Graphic animation. Title page and text from "Theorems of Apollonius". Paintings of Mersenne and Desargues. Blaise Pascal. Graphic animation. Model of conic shape with two straight lines inside on table. Hand written copy and printed text of Desargues work. Sketch of scholar at desk. "La Geometrica" on table opened to show title page and text. Spine of Desargues book "La Geometrica"(17'40"-24'40").
Master spool number: HOU5415
Production number: FOUM253P
Videofinder number: 4391
Available to public: no