Notes on a triangle

5 minutes

A brilliant ‘geometric ballet’ of sound, shape and symmetry on the theme of 180°

Over the last decade or so, the inherent beauty and elegance of maths has proven fertile territory for video artists looking to put their keen eyes, exacting minds and technical wizardry on display. But as the old proverb goes and this 1966 short film shows, there is nothing new under the sun. A classic production from the National Film Board of Canada, this short animated film sets some 300 transformations, divisions and subdivisions of triangles to a piano waltz, making for a viewing experience that still enchants 50 years later.

Director: René Jodoin

Video/Art

How the ‘Master of Black’ uses non-colour to manipulate light in his artwork

4 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Logic

Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong?

6 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

Painted frame by frame, a vivid animation restores a history lost to deportation

6 minutes

Video/Physics

How the ‘identity agnostic’ neutrino exists in three states all at once

3 minutes

Essay/Physics

Operation: neutrino

How the neutrino went from ghost particle to vital physics tool – a tale of bombs, espionage and subtle flavours

David Kaiser

Idea/Astronomy

What high-speed astronomy can tell us about the galactic zoo

Christopher Kochanek

Video/History of Science

In 1938, a fish thought extinct for 65 million years resurfaced, nearly unchanged

7 minutes

Idea/Anthropology

It’s not that your teeth are too big: your jaw is too small

Peter Ungar

Essay/Quantum Theory

Quantum common sense

Despite its confounding reputation, quantum mechanics both guides and helps explain human intuition

Philip Ball