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A GREAT DVD — The Story of One

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

The Story of ONE is a fascinating exploration of how civilizations figured out how to represent quantities with symbols. With entertaining dramatizations and wry insights, Terry Jones explains how our present numerical system evolved.

How did the Egyptians build their pyramids? They came up with their own measuring stick and issued one to each laborer. Did the “ruler” come from the ruler? Why is it “Arabic” numbers (that actuallycame from India) replaced Roman numerals? Why was there resistance to these Arabic numbers that were clearly superior? Terry Jones delves into history and makes math come ALIVE.

Highly recommended to students from 3rd grade through high school!