John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music

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Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common.

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Behold the Ingenious “Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion” (and Then Find Out How It Works)

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Created by Kokichi Sugihara, a math professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, the “Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion” wowed audiences at “the Best Illusion of the Year Contest” in 2016.

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How Did Beethoven Compose His 9th Symphony After He Went Completely Deaf?

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You don’t need to know anything at all about classical music, nor have any liking for it even, to be deeply moved by that most famous of symphonies, Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th—“perhaps the most iconic work of the Western musical tradition,” writes The Juilliard Journal in an article about its handwritten score.

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Sesame Street’s Count Von Count counts Pi to 10,000 Places: A 5 Hour Recording for Pi Day

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March 14 is Pi Day. This oddity will keep the celebration going a good part of the day.
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The Map of Mathematics: Animation Shows How All the Different Fields in Math Fit Together

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Back in December, you hopefully thoroughly immersed yourself in The Map of Physics, an animated video–a visual aid for the modern age–that mapped out the field of physics, explaining all the connections between classical physics, quantum physics, and relativity.
You can’t do physics without math.

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Watch 100 Randomly Ticking Metronomes Achieve Synchronicity

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It’s always satisfying to impose order on chaos, especially if it doesn’t involve bellowing at a roomful of jacked up teenagers.
Witness the experiment above.

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Trainwreck: The Teach to One Math Experiment in Mountain View, CA Is a Cautionary Tale About the Perils of Digital Math Education

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I live in Silicon Valley, which operates on the assumption that there’s no problem that technology can’t solve. It suffuses our culture here, and sometimes we pay the price for this technocratic utopianism.

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Infinity Minus Infinity Equals Pi: This Video Proves It

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It sounds impossible. But it turns out that infinity minus infinity doesn’t necessarily equal zero. It can equal Pi, or 3.14159265359. Or so demonstrates the “Mathologer” in the video featured above.

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The Essence of Linear Algebra Explained with Animations

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Fyi: Grant Sanderson has a knack for math and coding. So he created a tool that has helped him explain “the essence of linear algebra” in a “visually-driven manner.” And he posted the result, a series of 13 videos, to YouTube. You can watch the collection, called “The Essence of Linear Algebra,” above.

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Watch M.C. Escher Make His Final Artistic Creation in the 1971 Documentary Adventures in Perception

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I first encountered the world of Maurits Cornelis Escher where many others do: in school.

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