Trio for Three Angles
(1968) is one of many beautiful acclaimed visually-oriented short films with music by mathematical filmmakers Bruce and Katharine Cornwell
, some animated by hand and some using early digital technology. It inspired three sequels: Similar Triangles
(1975), Congruent Triangles
(1976), and Journey to the Center of a Triangle
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How To Fold a Julia Fractal.
A beautiful interactive introduction to complex numbers, fractals and waves. (Requires WebGL)
. To Infinity And Beyond
is a similar introduction to calculus.
New math theories reveal the nature of numbers
] - "We prove that partition numbers
are 'fractal' for every prime. These numbers
, in a way we make precise, are self-similar
in a shocking way. Our 'zooming' procedure resolves several open conjectures, and it will change how mathematicians study partitions." (/.
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"...the best place to hide bulls**t is in a refereed journal that’s not open-access!"
The math-physics blog n-category cafe
digs into the curious case of M.S. El Naschie.
El Naschie is editor-in-chief of the journal Chaos, Solitons, and Fractals
, published by the well-respected scientific publisher Elsevier and sold to academic libraries for US$4,520 a year. The problem? El Naschie has published 322 of his own papers in the journal -- papers that John Baez (of "This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics"
and "The Crackpot Index"
) describes as "vague, dreamlike imagery," "undisciplined numerology larded with impressive buzzwords," and "total baloney." Is El Naschie a reverse Sokal
? Or a Markov process for producing random publishable papers?
One thing's for sure -- he knows how to cure cancer.