Travel back in time to Ancient Greece where revolutionary thinkers – from Thales, Pythagoras, Democritus and Aristotle to Euclid, Archimedes, and Hypatia of Alexandria – helped define the rules and language of mathematics.

For Greek thinkers, maths wasn’t simply a means of calculating amounts but a way of testing reality and understanding the true nature of the world around them. Indeed, Pythagoras is believed to have coined both the words “philosophy” (“love of wisdom”) and “mathematics” (“that which is learned”).

From the Ri Channel, Phoebe Halstead, and 12foot6, this is the two-minute story of math’s great Greek Legacy: How the Ancient Greeks shaped modern mathematics.

Yay, math! Previously from the Ri Channel: the animated adventure of x-ray crystallography.

Thanks, @cawston and @benjohnbarnes.