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The Story of 1

Thursday, 01 January 2009 | 0 Comments

Here’s a video about the history of number, in particular the numbers 0 and 1.  Our Year 7 program begins the year looking at ancient number systems, so this video will fit in nicely.

For Australian visitors, The Story of 1 aired on ABC1, 8:30pm 1st January 2009.  On the ABC’s site you will find a good synopsis of the documentary.  On contacting the ABC Shop Online: “Unfortunately, this item is not available through the ABC at present with no plans for release in the schedule of titles coming soon.”.  However…

It’s available to watch online:

There are services like keepvid will allow you to grab a copy of this video in FLV format.  Other services like youconvertit also handle the conversion to a format viewable on your computer.

I couldn’t find an Australia DVD copy, although it is available on:
Note a DVD purchased from will be Region 1 and may not work on a DVD player in Australia.

*NB: The links to in this post, include an affiliate code which may earn me a commission if the product is purchased.

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