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The longest-running science series on television, NOVA offers an informative and entertaining look at challenging subjects. Whether exploring a galaxy or an atom, the series ventures beyond the numbers and into the personalities responsible for the discoveries, and the social consequences of events in the lab.

NOVA: "The Great Math Mystery"

Premieres Wednesday, April. 15 at 9pm on WGBH 2

NOVA leads viewers on a mathematical mystery tour — a provocative exploration of math’s astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math’s signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson and the successful landing of rovers on Mars. But where does math get its power? Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists and engineers, follows math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ultimate riddle: Is math an invention or a discovery? Humankind’s clever trick or the language of the universe?

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The Great Math Mystery

The Great Math Mystery

NOVA

Take a mathematical mystery tour with Dr. Mario Livio.

Hagia Sophia: Istanbul's Ancient Mystery

Hagia Sophia: Istanbul's Ancient Mystery

NOVA

Examine Hagia Sophia’s seismic secrets, which have insured its survival through a dozen earthquakes.

Petra: Lost City of Stone

Petra: Lost City of Stone

NOVA

Follow an archaeologist and sculptors to learn how the people of Petra built their city of stone.

Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

Colosseum: Roman Death Trap

NOVA

Watch a team re-create a lifting machine and trap-door system to release a wolf into the Colosseum.

Sinkholes: Buried Alive

Sinkholes: Buried Alive

NOVA

Sinkholes are examined. The collapses can be gradual.

60 min.

Sunken Ship Rescue

Sunken Ship Rescue

NOVA

Follow the epic operation to secure, raise, and salvage the Costa Concordia cruise ship

60 min.

Schedule

Wednesday
4/1/15 8:00 PM
WGBH 2
Thursday
4/2/15 1:00 AM
WGBX 44
Thursday
4/2/15 4:00 AM
WGBH 2
Thursday
4/2/15 9:00 PM
WGBX 44
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