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Comments on MetaFilter post Whereupon We Rediscover The Glowing Jewels of Mathematical EducationThu, 23 May 2013 07:48:37 -0800Thu, 23 May 2013 07:48:37 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Whereupon We Rediscover The Glowing Jewels of Mathematical Education
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<blockquote>The series of Project Mathematics tapes regularly brought the
house down at the annual SIGGRAPH video show; these mathematical animations were glowing jewels among the over-produced, techy-commercial animations usually shown at SIGGRAPH. -- Edward Tufte via <a href="http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00000w">edwardtufte.com</a></blockquote>
I wonder where these jewels might be found ... <br /><br /><a href="http://www.projectmathematics.com/#modules">All told there are 9 videos</a>, animated by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blinn">James F. Blinn</a> and produced by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_M._Apostol">Tom M. Apostol</a> at the <a href="http://www.caltech.edu/">California Institute of Technology</a>, even through the VHS haze of the 1980's these videos still glow with insight and clarity.
<ol>
<li>Similarity <a href="http://www.eduondemand.org/Program/399">eduondemand.org</a></li>
<li>The Theorem of Pythagoras <a href="http://archive.org/details/theorem_of_pythagoras">archive.org</a> <a href="http://www.eduondemand.org/Program/397">eduondemand.org</a></li>
<li>The Story of
Pi <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG2CT9fIKss">youtube.com</a> <a href="http://www.eduondemand.org/Program/398">eduondemand.org</a></li>
<li>Sines and Cosines, Part
I <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Un9eAM3yzo">youtube.com</a> <a href="http://www.eduondemand.org/Program/402">eduondemand.org</a></li>
<li>Sines and Cosines, Part
II <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvg8hIGPxnU">youtube.com</a> <a href="http://www.eduondemand.org/Program/401">eduondemand.org</a></li>
<li>Sines and Cosines, Part
III <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb_HyCThxE0">youtube.com</a> <a href="http://www.eduondemand.org/Program/403">eduondemand.org</a></li>
<li>Polynomials <a href="http://www.eduondemand.org/Program/400">eduondemand.org</a></li>
<li>The Tunnel of Samos <a href="http://www.eduondemand.org/Program/404">eduondemand.org</a></li>
<li>Early History of Mathematic Unknown URL</li>
</ol>
<em>The eduondemand links are behind a login wall, but free.</em>
<blockquote>"Now, there are a lot of Jim Blinn stories, and I'll tell you what mine is. It was at a session in the 1980's when he was explaining this bug that had ruined one frame in an animation sequence. So he showed us how to fix the bug by holding up the film and cutting out the frame with a pair of scissors." -- Walt Bradsford, <a href="http://www.siggraph.org/s98/conference/keynote/blinn.html">SIGGRAPH 98 Keynote</a>
</blockquote>post:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332Thu, 23 May 2013 07:23:44 -0800tarpinmatheducationvideo1980By: DU
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I've never seen these, but I immediately recognized Apostol because:<i>Apostol also provided academic content for an acclaimed video lecture series on introductory physics, The Mechanical Universe.</i>
TMU and in particular the animated mathematical parts were AMAZING. This post is going to rule. I can't wait to clock on something.comment:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332-4994398Thu, 23 May 2013 07:48:37 -0800DUBy: sammyo
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What I don't understand are not more extensive topology videos, well maybe I guess the lack of good 7D glasses.comment:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332-4994407Thu, 23 May 2013 07:51:19 -0800sammyoBy: tarpin
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DU, according to wikipedia, Blinn also worked on the animations for Carl Sagan's Cosmos. Quite a venn-diagram we've got going here. ;-)comment:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332-4994430Thu, 23 May 2013 07:59:34 -0800tarpinBy: oonh
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My favorite thing that James Blinn is probably responsible for is the scene in the program about integration of <i>The Mechanical Universe</i> where the integral of the Utah Teapot is 42, which is all kinds of awesome wrong in exactly the right way.comment:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332-4994474Thu, 23 May 2013 08:20:44 -0800oonhBy: maryr
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Oh man, <em>The Mechanical Universe</em>. We used to love the days our teachers would cop out and show us those in class. They were great. We called them "Physics From God" thanks to the deep voiced narrator and magical mathematical visualizations.comment:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332-4994601Thu, 23 May 2013 09:16:49 -0800maryrBy: benito.strauss
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A few of us were walking through a mall near Pasadena in the mid 80s and passed by an arcade. There, standing a few feet behind the guy playing, was Jim Blinn, all tall and hippy-haired, staring at the game. I wish I had been less awe-struck and had gone up and asked him to tell me what he was seeing.comment:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332-4994943Thu, 23 May 2013 11:49:12 -0800benito.straussBy: tarpin
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benito.strauss, <a href="http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110613145846/tron/images/c/ce/Flynn.jpg">This is what I imagine ...</a>comment:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332-4995330Thu, 23 May 2013 14:21:01 -0800tarpinBy: mikelieman
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"You can use the controls on your VCR to pause or back up and review a scene."comment:www.metafilter.com,2013:site.128332-4996149Fri, 24 May 2013 06:08:26 -0800mikelieman