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Zero to Infinity

53m 32s

Zero and infinity. These seemingly opposite, obvious, and indispensable concepts are relatively recent human inventions. Discover the surprising story of how these key concepts that revolutionized mathematics came to be – not just once, but over and over again as different cultures invented and re-invented them across thousands of years.

Episodes

  • Zero to Infinity: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Zero to Infinity

    S49 E19 - 53m 32s

    Zero and infinity. These seemingly opposite, obvious, and indispensable concepts are relatively recent human inventions. Discover the surprising story of how these key concepts that revolutionized mathematics came to be – not just once, but over and over again as different cultures invented and re-invented them across thousands of years.

  • Crypto Decoded: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Crypto Decoded

    S49 E18 - 53m 22s

    From Bitcoin to NFTs, crypto is making headlines. But what exactly is it, and how does it work? Experts go beyond the hype and skepticism to unravel the social and technological underpinnings of crypto – exploring how it came to be and why this new technology may change more than just money.

  • Nazca Desert Mystery: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Nazca Desert Mystery

    S49 E17 - 53m 31s

    One of the world’s greatest ancient enigmas, the Nazca lines are a dense network of criss-crossing lines, geometric shapes, and animal figures etched across 200 square miles of Peruvian desert. Who created them and why? Ever since they were rediscovered in the 1920s, scholars and enthusiasts have raised countless theories about their purpose.

  • Ocean Invaders: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ocean Invaders

    S49 E16 - 53m 32s

    Lionfish–long prized in home aquariums–have invaded the Atlantic, and are now one of the ocean’s most successful invasive species, wreaking havoc in waters across the globe. Join ocean explorer Danni Washington on a journey to find out how they took over, why they’re doing so much damage, and what can be done about it.

  • Can Psychedelics Cure?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Can Psychedelics Cure?

    S49 E15 - 53m 47s

    Hallucinogenic drugs—popularly called psychedelics—have been used by human societies for thousands of years. Today, scientists are taking a second look at many of these mind-altering substances – both natural and synthetic – and discovering that they can have profoundly positive clinical impacts, helping patients struggling with a range of afflictions from addiction to depression and PTSD.

  • Computers v. Crime: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Computers v. Crime

    S49 E14 - 53m 30s

    In police departments and courts across the country, artificial intelligence is being used to help decide who is policed, who gets bail, how offenders should be sentenced, and who gets parole. But is it actually making our law enforcement and court systems fairer and more just? This timely investigation digs into the hidden biases, privacy risks, and design flaws of this controversial technology.

  • Ending HIV in America: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ending HIV in America

    S49 E11 - 53m 33s

    Almost 40 years after the discovery of HIV, could we be on the verge of ending the AIDS epidemic in America? How did scientists tackle one of the most elusive deadly viruses to ever infect humans? Can innovative drugs bring new infections to zero?

  • Saving Venice: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Saving Venice

    S49 E12 - 53m 31s

    Rising seas and sinking land threaten to destroy Venice. Can the city’s new hi-tech flood barrier save it? Discover the innovative projects and feats of engineering designed to stop this historic city from being lost to future generations.

  • Ultimate Space Telescope: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ultimate Space Telescope

    S49 E10 - 53m 33s

    Follow the dramatic story of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope – the most complex machine ever launched into space – in hopes of peering deeper back in time than ever before and answering some of astronomy’s biggest questions.

  • Ice Age Footprints: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ice Age Footprints

    S49 E9 - 53m 32s

    Ancient footprints in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park reveal new evidence of Ice Age humans that walked the land alongside enormous ground sloths and mammoths—thousands of years earlier than archaeologists thought people were in the Americas.

  • Why Ships Crash: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Ships Crash

    S49 E8 - 53m 31s

    When the colossal Ever Given container ship crashed in the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains ground to a halt. How did it happen? Follow the investigation into one of the most expensive shipping disasters ever.

  • Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day

    S49 E7 - 53m 33s

    The search continues for signs of what might have happened on the day the dinosaurs died. Scientists uncover remarkable evidence, including a near perfectly preserved dinosaur leg and what could be pieces of the asteroid itself.

Extras + Features

  • Zero to Infinity Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Zero to Infinity Preview

    S49 E19 - 28s

    Zero and infinity. These seemingly opposite, obvious, and indispensable concepts are relatively recent human inventions. Discover the surprising story of how these key concepts that revolutionized mathematics came to be – not just once, but over and over again as different cultures invented and re-invented them across thousands of years.

  • The Area of a Circle, Explained with Pizza: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Area of a Circle, Explained with Pizza

    S49 E19 - 4m 23s

    One of the oldest calculus problems, finding the area of a circle, can be visualized using a pizza. By dividing it up into ever smaller slices and laying them out next to one another, eventually you get something close a rectangle.

  • How the NFT Was Invented: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How the NFT Was Invented

    S49 E18 - 3m 30s

    Tech Entrepreneur Anil Dash and Artist Kevin McCoy created the first example of a non-fungible token, or NFT, expanding the possibility of owning digital items.

  • Crypto Decoded Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Crypto Decoded Preview

    S49 E18 - 30s

    From Bitcoin to NFTs, crypto is making headlines. But what exactly is it, and how does it work? Experts go beyond the hype and skepticism to unravel the social and technological underpinnings of crypto – exploring how it came to be and why this new technology may change more than just money.

  • Nazca Desert Mystery Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Nazca Desert Mystery Preview

    S49 E17 - 27s

    One of the world’s greatest ancient enigmas, the Nazca lines are a dense network of criss-crossing lines, geometric shapes, and animal figures etched across 200 square miles of Peruvian desert. Who created them and why? Ever since they were rediscovered in the 1920s, scholars and enthusiasts have raised countless theories about their purpose.

  • Who Carved These Mysterious Lines in the Desert?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Who Carved These Mysterious Lines in the Desert?

    S49 E17 - 6m 57s

    The Nazca were an ancient group of farmers and fishermen that used desert plateaus as a canvas for giant geoglyphs. But some of these drawings pre-date the Nazca. Who created them and why?

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    Emperor's Ghost Army

    Wednesday
    Dec 7

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    High-action experiments and 3-D technology provide insight into how China's terracotta army was made.
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    Ghosts of Stonehenge

    Wednesday
    Dec 7

    1 Hour

    Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built Stonehenge and why.
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    Ghosts of Stonehenge

    Thursday
    Dec 8

    1 Hour

    Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built Stonehenge and why.
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    Ghosts of Stonehenge

    Sunday
    Dec 11

    1 Hour

    Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built Stonehenge and why.
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    Ghosts of Stonehenge

    Tuesday
    Dec 13

    1 Hour

    Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built Stonehenge and why.
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    Ghosts of Stonehenge

    Wednesday
    Dec 14

    1 Hour

    Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built Stonehenge and why.
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    Ghosts of Stonehenge

    Wednesday
    Dec 14

    1 Hour

    Archaeological digs reveal new clues as to who built Stonehenge and why.
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    Rebuilding Notre Dame

    Wednesday
    Dec 14

    1 Hour

    A team of engineers, masons and timber workers restore France's Notre Dame Cathedral following the April 2019 fire.
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    Rebuilding Notre Dame

    Wednesday
    Dec 14

    1 Hour

    A team of engineers, masons and timber workers restore France's Notre Dame Cathedral following the April 2019 fire.
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    Rebuilding Notre Dame

    Thursday
    Dec 15

    1 Hour

    A team of engineers, masons and timber workers restore France's Notre Dame Cathedral following the April 2019 fire.
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    NOVA

    Rebuilding Notre Dame

    Thursday
    Dec 15

    1 Hour

    A team of engineers, masons and timber workers restore France's Notre Dame Cathedral following the April 2019 fire.
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    NOVA

    Rebuilding Notre Dame

    Sunday
    Dec 18

    1 Hour

    A team of engineers, masons and timber workers restore France's Notre Dame Cathedral following the April 2019 fire.
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    NOVA

    Rebuilding Notre Dame

    Sunday
    Dec 18

    1 Hour

    A team of engineers, masons and timber workers restore France's Notre Dame Cathedral following the April 2019 fire.

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