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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 .

    • imwithstoopid

      But, to more fully understand and appreciate the Universe around us, the numbers mean everything.
      Including the building blocks of all around Us, to the Colors, Music, and our very Thoughts. I believe only We Humans can and do see what you do but, seeing the abstract makes it all more pleasing and wondrous.......

  • imwithstoopid

    I do not believe that I've ever seen the Mathematics of Nature more beautifully, elegantly, and simply shown. Where was this when I racking my brain to understand 2 + 2 and beyond?
    Oh, and perfect accompaniment of music.
    Please put this in the Elementary schools to entice and seduce the minds of our future, we need so badly to encourage STEM............

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