Nature by numbers

The elegance of mathematics meets the breathtaking complexity of the natural world





When the Spanish filmmaker and graphic designer Cristóbal Vila looks at nature, he sees numbers, and the remarkable elegance of mathematics. The theorems and geometric equations that explain natural phenomena – such as the shape of an insect’s eye, or the structure of a seashell – come to life in this short documentary, and simultaneously bring beauty to mathematics and logic to nature. Uniting music and animation with mathematics, Nature by Numbers is a sensory science film, an immersion in the world of the minute and microscopic, and an exciting introduction to some of the great geometric and scientific concepts.

Director: Cristóbal Vila

  • Fabian

    No comments? This short movie is great. Congratulations.

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  • Jolene Oldham

    This is fantastic! Lovely and informative, I could watch it if it went on for hours!

  • SimBerg

    we need more of these films! I´ve sent it to my little nephew to show him that maths make sense and can be more exciting as it is learned at school

  • tp1626 .

    The essence and beauty of nature is much more beautiful than numbers and math to me . It was made to be appreciated and loved I'm sorry but numbers do neither just my feelings .

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