6 Things You Don't Know About Numbers | Iain Webb | TEDxTbilisi


Why should you love prime numbers? In this lively and humorous talk mathematician Iain Webb makes the case for primes, and their special role in nature and civilization.

Iain Webb is a teacher of mathematics whose goal it to get people passionate about the subject. A graduate with an MA in mathematics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Iain has taught at universities and schools in Great Britain, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Georgia. He has previously co-authored courses for students taking non-mathematical academic routes and he aims to show people, and specifically his students, the hidden number-related patterns around us.

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  1. I have a question. 5:25~5:30, "But 6 and 5 share no divisors, nor does 6 and 7, or 6 and any other prime." Number 2 and 6 are both prime, yet their common divisor is 2, isn't it?

  2. Really enjoyed this. Normally I operate like that south American tribe that have no numbers over 3 – 123…lots – but I got into this and also learned more about the lifecycle of the cicada as an unexpected bonus.

  3. Such an inspiring speaker. Not only is the topic imaginative, the presenter is very genuine and really communicates his passion for prime numbers.

  4. The sound presenter makes with his mouth is disgusting, I thought I'd watch entire talk, unfortunately couldn't afford more than 2 minutes.


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