Mathemusician Vi Hart is back with anti-parabola propaganda and some musing on math class, cardioids, connect the dots, envelopes of lines, even a bit of origami. Also see Hart’s Fibonacci numbers explained in stop-motion vegetables, the Victorian novella Flatland on a Möbius strip, and the science of sound, frequency, and pitch in stop-motion doodles.
Algebra is not just the language of mathematical elites, it is one of the cornerstones by which we have emerged from a peasant society, ruled by the small elites sometimes capable of abstract thought, to become a complex, vibrant democracy. Algebra has helped us to rise beyond the simple understanding of immediate, tangible experiences and frame questions and look for the essential data that will give us deeper understanding.
…the study of algebra, and the skills it develops, are not just critical to our long-term health individually but to our survival as a society.
M.C. Escher’s remarkable mathematical art. Open Culture has more.
Also see Russian artist and mathematician Anatolii Fomenko’s Mathematical Impressions.
Cantor Set omelet, and other scientific concepts rendered in food by Kevin Van Aelst.
Mathematics Impressions – gorgeous vintage abstract illustrations by Soviet mathematician Anatolii Fomenko at the intersection of science, art, and whimsy.
“These types of repeating patterns are called frieze patterns. A couple wallpaper groups are also represented.”
Mathemusician Vi Hart captures mathematical symmetry groups in doodles and hums.
Hart’s previous gems include Fibonacci numbers explained in stop-motion vegetables, the Victorian novella Flatland on a Möbius strip, and the science of sound, frequency, and pitch in stop-motion doodles.
Also see Errol Morris’s short film about the IBM math and engineering pioneers of the same era, who “caught the way the world works,” with original music by Philip Glass.