The Secret Mathematicians
Professor Marcus du Sautoy examines the way that Mathematics has overtly and covertly inspired some of the greatest artists. He examines how they might be considered as secret mathematicians.
From composers to painters, writers to choreographers, the mathematician’s palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration. Artists can be subconsciously drawn to the same structures that fascinate mathematicians as they hunt for interesting new structures to frame their creative process.
Professor du Sautoy will explore the hidden mathematical ideas that underpin the creative output of well-known artists and reveal that the work of the mathematician is also driven by strong aesthetic values.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-secret-mathematicians
via Gresham College.
We’ve been alive for about 4 minutes…
The history of the Earth if it all happened in 24 hours.
Recommended: visit the “cosmic calendar” via COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, courtesy of National Geographic.
Who was Wernher von Braun?
Wernher von Braun is one of the central figures in spaceflight’s early history, so it’s worth having a sense of who he was.
For more on von Braun: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/05/2013521386874374.html
via Amy Shira Teitel.
Wave-Particle Duality - Part 1
Paul Andersen explains the wave-particle duality discovered by scientists. In certain situations particles (like electrons and photons) display wave like properties. This phenomenon can best be explored using the double slit experiment. Small particles follow the rules of quantum mechanics creating results that are not very intuitive.
via Bozeman Science.
How to Persuade Others with the Right Questions: Jedi Mind Tricks from Daniel H. Pink
Sales guru and persuasion expert Daniel H. Pink explains how you can use motivational interviewing to influence others’ thoughts and behaviors. Pink’s latest book is To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others (http://goo.gl/f6inf1).
via Big Think.