The Mathematics of Locomotion – Christmas Lectures with Ian Stewart

The movement of all living things is governed by nerve impulses that follow a pattern of travelling waves. This is true for the trot of a horse, the tripod gait of an ant, the undulating movement of the millipede and even the slither of a snake.
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Ian Stewart gave the 1997 Christmas Lectures “The Magical Maze” about hows how maths governs almost every aspect of our lives, ranging from our birthdays to American game shows, calling in at panthers, petals, and the logic of chaos.

In his second lecture, Ian Stewart investigates the basics of locomotion to show how humans can create robots that move with increasing sophistication.

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