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Inquiry welcomes back IAN STEWART, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Digital Media Fellow at the University of Warwick. We continue our conversation about Professor Stewart’s latest book PROFESSOR STEWART’S HOARD OF MATHEMATICAL TREASURES. Tonight we discuss who invented the zero and why having something that represents nothing is essential for doing higher mathematics. Then: what are the great unsolved problems of math? Some like the Riemann Hypothesis are over 100 years old and people are still no closer to a solution. Finally, on-line, find out if it is indeed true that an infinite number of monkeys typing for infinity will eventually come up with the works of Shakespeare, how you can try this in your own home (without the messy apes), and what this monkey problem says about the evolution of hemoglobin. This is math as you have never heard it before: wild, fun and surprising. Even if you are mathphobic, be sure to tune in!