1000 Digits of Pi, Recited by Jane Barbe, Famous Voice of Telephone Company Recordings

≡ Category: Math |2 Comments

If you came of age during the 1960s and 1970s, you knew the voice of Jane Barbe, aka “The Telephone Lady.” Her voice appeared on telephone company recordings and voicemail systems across the US. Just listen to this clip, and you will immediately know who I’m talking about.
Anyway, Ms.

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How Vi Hart Makes Her Viral Videos: A Look Inside Her Creative Process

≡ Category: Animation, Film, Math, Writing |1 Comment

Spend some time poking around on the Khan Academy, or this site for that matter, and your chances of running into mathemusician Vi Hart are extremely favorable. 
I’ve tried—and failed—to keep up with her highly digressive, rapid fire, doodle-based explanations on such topics as net neutrality and the space-time continuum.

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Beautiful Equations: Documentary Explores the Beauty of Einstein & Newton’s Great Equations

≡ Category: Math, Science |1 Comment

Like many right-brained people, artist and critic Matt Collings finds higher math mystifying, a word that implies both bewilderment and wonder. Faced with the equations that make, for example, Stephen Hawking’s work possible, most of us are left similarly slack-jawed.

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How the Ancient Greeks Shaped Modern Mathematics: A Short, Animated Introduction

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If you think Ancient history doesn’t matter to your life today, think again. Created by The Royal Institution and the animation shop 12Foot6, this short animated video reminds us that the Greeks gave us some of the most basic concepts used in mathematics — concepts that we still use to navigate our modern world today.

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Against All Odds: A Gentle Introduction to Statistics Hosted by Harvard Geneticist Pardis Sabeti (Free Online Course)

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Worth a quick mention: Dr. Pardis Sabeti, a media-savvy computational geneticist at Harvard, has teamed up with the Annenberg Foundation, to create a new introduction to statistics.

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How Benoit Mandelbrot Discovered Fractals: A Short Film by Errol Morris

≡ Category: Film, Math |7 Comments

Even if you know little of mathematics, you probably have some awareness of fractals. You’ve almost certainly heard them invoked, correctly or otherwise, to describe things that look or act the same at the large scale as they do at the small.

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Statistics Explained Through Modern Dance: A New Way of Teaching a Tough Subject

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You want a gentle introduction to statistics, and maybe those Khan Academy videos aren’t quite working out for you. Well, here’s another approach: statistics explained with modern dance.

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Arthur C. Clarke Narrates Film on Mandelbrot’s Fractals; David Gilmour Provides the Soundtrack

≡ Category: Film, Math |1 Comment

In 1995, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the futurist and science fiction writer most well known for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, presented a television documentary on the 1980 discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set).

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Alan Turing, Brilliant Mathematician and Code Breaker, Will Be Finally Pardoned by British Government

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“Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon,” writes The Guardian today.

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Vi Hart Uses Her Video Magic to Demystify Stravinsky and Schoenberg’s 12-Tone Compositions

≡ Category: Literature, Math, Music, Random |6 Comments

Having one of those mornings where you wake up thinking it’d be “awesome” if you jazzed up Stravinsky’s atonal musical setting of Edward Lear’s famous nonsense poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat“?
You are? Wow! What luck! Apparently Recreational Mathemusician Vi Hart had the exact same kind of morning recentl

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