Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Mathematical Nature?

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In this beautiful video, “Nature by Numbers,” filmmaker Cristobal Vila presents a series of animations illustrating various mathematic principles, beginning with a breathtaking animation of the Fibonacci Sequence before moving on to the Golden Ratio, the Angle Ratio, the Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations. The words are scary-sounding, but the math is beautiful and the film serves to remind us of the intimate relationship between nature and math.


This movie was inspired by numbers, geometry and nature. You can learn more about Cristóbal Vila at etereaestudios. That website has more information about the film, including a fascinating step-by-step explanation of the theory behind the film (English is side-by-side con Español), along with stills, screenshots, tutorials and workshops.

NOTE: after I’d scheduled this entry, I realized that my colleague, Bioephemera already showed it to her Sb readers. Even though I don’t think our readership overlaps, I rescheduled this to pop up a few days later anyway. In the meanwhile, I’ve been enjoying this beautiful video every day while I waited to share it with you.

Comments

  1. #1 bioephemera
    March 25, 2010

    I’m sure our readers overlap somewhat – besides, it’s viral now – a professor up here showed it to his class on Wednesday. :) Isn’t it awesome?

  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    March 27, 2010

    yeah, it’s great! some of the best dreams i ever had were when i was taking calculus, and i dreamt about the formulae and proofs i was studying. watching this video makes me want to take more mathematics classes.

  3. #3 Jeff Knapp
    March 29, 2010

    I always love seeing visual artists reveal the inherent beauty, symmetry, and elegance of mathematics – especially for someone like me who cannot see or understand it by looking at symbols but only when translated into pictures and movement – then it becomes clear. That’s just how my brain works, part of being a high-functioning autistic I guess.

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