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Profile: Brothers Chudnovsky

The story of two brilliant mathematicians, a unicorn, and a homemade supercomputer
Publish Date: Topic: Physics + MathPhysics & MathBrand: NOVA ScienceNOWNOVA ScienceNOW

(This video is no longer available for streaming.) Watch how two brilliant and eccentric Russian number theorists, the Chudnovsky brothers, tackle a math problem so large it draws comparisons to analyzing the human genome. The problem involves stitching together fractured images of one of the most beautiful and complex works of art to survive from the Middle Ages—seven famous tapestries known as "The Hunt of the Unicorn" housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The brothers attempt to solve the visual puzzle using a home-made supercomputer built with parts from Home Depot.

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