The development of measuring systems is a great human accomplishment. The early Egyptians created a unit of length, the cubit, based on the human forearm. The English and others, used the human foot and grains of barley corn to measure length. The m...etric system started with an fascinating attempt to define the meter using time. The meter evolved through a number of incarnations many involving distances taken from the planet. Today the meter is defined using the speed of light. This definition relies on a reliable means for measuring time. Time and space have been joined in our current definition of the meter. (7:23)[more]

This short video is from Jimmy Chang, who has a master's degree in math, and has been a math teacher at St. Pete College for more than nine years. Mr. Chang stands at a podium and uses a projector to show handwritten notes. (2:03)

Decimals were invented by the Elanites in Persia about 6,000 years ago. Find out who invented decimals in this interesting lecture which is done using a white board. Also discussed is a time line spanning many centuries and places.

Ever since the development of arithmetic people have been fascinated with numbers. Some view them for their esoteric meaning while others see them through a mathematical eyes. Either way, numbers are everywhere and there is no way of escaping them. S...ome numbers, however, are found more often in our universe than others. These special numbers typically have some unique property that influenced us to add it to our list of 25 famous numbers and why they are important. (10:46)[more]

Famous math inventors were nearly all from Ancient Greece, the birthplace of geometry and trigonometry. The instructor uses a white board to discuss not the inventors themselves, but the specific math and it origins.

Learn about the history of fractions and who invented them. A mathematics instructors explains that more than likely fractions were invented by the Egyptians to organize taxes on land. (01:58)

In this video a mathematics instructor explains that division was invented thousands of years ago, but was formalized by the ancient Egyptians. The mathematics instructor discusses who invented division and the division process.

A mathematics instructor explains that the first people to use math were the ancient people of prehistory. Learn about the origin of math and who were the first people to use math. (02:16)

This lesson by a mathematics istructor explains that the time line of mathematics begins more than 50,000 years ago with the Neanderthal man. The instructor shows and explains a time line of mathematics on a whiteboard. (02:46)

To learn who invented math, first one must define what math is exactly. Learn who invented math from a mathematics instructor. He discusses whether or not the neandarthal man did know about mathematics. Speech of narrarator is shown as text on the b...ottom of the screen.[more]

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