Still unconvinced? Check out these eight videos that explore the beauty of math, both in its simplicity and its complexity. There are practical applications of math theory, quick tricks to save you time and make you look like a genius and even a little history thrown in that shows how math is truly an awesome thing.
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1. Minute Physics: Taming Infinity
The series Minute Physics takes a break from its titular subject to explore math in this quick video, within the larger context of understanding, out to solve "unsolvable problems." This video shows how math and its principles, infiltrate science and our methods of experimentation at large, even when those things feel impossible or absurd.
2. Doodling in Math Class: Stars
In this episode, she takes on the mathematical concept of factoring and shows how it relates to the concept of drawing stars, helping you learn while it actually doesn’t feel like you’re learning. Well played, Ms. Hart. Well played.
3. TEDEducation: How Does Math Guide Our Ships?
Exploring the worlds of algebra and geometry, this TEDEducation video shows just how mathematicians, inventors and explorers came together to produce a reliable method for navigating open water. It's as beautiful as it is informative, and it shows just how math has become a fixture in every corner of our lives, past and present.
4. Numberphile: Infinity is Bigger Than You Think
The Numberphile series usually talks about, well, numbers, but it breaks its own rule with a discussion of the implications of infinity. From fractions to uncountable decimals, there are many ways infinity can present itself — and it’s mindblowing.
5. Valentine’s Day for Math Nerds
The For Math Nerds series is a crowdsourced feature by motivational speaker Josh Sundquist that invites so-called "math nerds" to develop graphs and equations based on statistics and stories surrounding a certain theme. This video, for Valentine's Day, shows off interesting graphs and data on everything from the money that leaves a boy's wallet over time to how to decide a gift for a valentine, based on expense and "level of love." It's a little lighter math, but certainly is funny.
6. Japanese Multiplication
That is, until now. This video is a useful and accurate breakdown of just how Japanese multiplication can help you break down those really pesky problems with a couple of quick visual tricks. Happy multiplying!
7. 5 Quick Math Tricks for Filmmakers
This video will set you up with all of the skills you need to calculate photo and video mathematics with ease and speed. That way, you'll know for sure that your creative endeavors are the best they can be.
8. The Utilities Problem (and Solution)
It turns out that this problem is an illustration of a trigonometric formula that has far-reaching implications in the math world. And, it'll show you just how this problem is physically impossible to solve by exposing the mathematics that lie just underneath its surface.