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Dara O Briain School of Hard Sums

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollNov 11, 2012 1:50 PM

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This is an actual TV show in the UK (based on a Japanese program), broadcast on a channel called Dave. In it, Dara O Briain and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, along with special comedy guests, take on math puzzles (and compete against school-aged math whizzes in the process). Watch at least the first segment, to see Dara come up with a frikkin' ingenious solution to a geometry problem. Could there be a show like this broadcast on TV in the US? Of course not. We only have a thousand channels, there's no room!

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