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Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Story of 1 (DVD) narrated by Terry Jones

It's math, it's history, it's a lot of fun

Released in 2006.

I watched The Story of 1 when it premiered on my local PBS affiliate and I thought it was a lot of fun and full of loads and loads of interesting history.

As a world history teacher, I am always on the lookout for something that can tell our story with a twist. This one does it quite nicely.

Terry Jones in a still from the DVD
The documentary is narrated by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. It tells the story of man's use of the number one (and other numbers, but the focus always returns to the number 1) throughout time with a humorous twist. It explores early uses of math, why mankind had to develop math, why the Roman Numerals were inferior to our current system and continues on to the modern use of binary numbers.

As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it for my history class. It will be great as a different sort of review of the history that we have studied thus far.

I rate this DVD 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars.

The Story of One can be purchased on Amazon.com here.

Reviewed on April 14, 2006.

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