The Code (UK)

The BEST episodes of The Code (UK)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Solve The Code and find a real-life treasure! The Code is a three-part TV series about maths in the world around us, presented by Marcus du Sautoy. Why do bees make hexagonal honeycomb? Who is in charge of the flight of a flock of swallows? How can dozens of wrong answers make a correct one? Join Marcus on an exciting journey to discover The Code!

Last Updated: 5/25/2022Network: BBC Two
117 votes

#1 - Shapes

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/3/2011

During his trip to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, Professor du Sautoy finds a fundamental truth about the universe written into the rocks. A hidden geometric force underpins all nature, from the structure of honeycombs to Pixar movies.

Directors: Michael Lachmann
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89 votes

#2 - Prediction

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/10/2011

While so much of life appears random, Du Sautoy shows how it is really governed by the code of chaos, in which small variations can cause vastly different outcomes, often referred to as the "butterfly effect."

Directors: Dan Child
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177 votes

#3 - Numbers

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/27/2011

What do the proportions of Chartres Cathedral share with the life cycle of the cicada, with how we hear sound, and with the intricately designed nautilus shell? Du Sautoy investigates their sacred numbers and the power of pi.

Directors: Stephen Cooter
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