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Putting On Einstein's Glasses

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Whenever you look at the teeming, rich and oh-so-various world, if you've got the right eyes, if you've got the eyes of a mathematician, you will find patterns — simple, elegant forms hiding in everything you see. Those patterns explain why sugar dissolves in a cup of coffee, why clouds release rain, why a heavy plane can climb into the sky.

Non-mathematicians miss all this. We see the flurry of what's happening, not the tight logic underneath. But now comes this minute-and-a-half little video — a cheat sheet for math-challenged folks like me. It shows us what it's like to look around as if we were Galileo or Einstein or that kid who always raised his hand first in math class ... This is what they get to see ...

Thanks to Aatish Bhatia for sending this my way.


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Comments [3]

What a wonderful way to see the world. I'm a mechanical engineer, so I think I see things somewhat like the middle panel of the video. Always love the little things that Krulwich finds. The title ("Einstein's Glasses") seems a bit sensational though, there are many things in that video which are not really Einsteinian at all.

Nov. 03 2013 11:05 PM
Sashi from Budapest.

liked it and it could be interesting. However, I disagree with the general notion that the language of the universe is "mathematics" and if you understand that language, you will understand the universe. It stems from the modes of analytical philosophy and logical positivism that posits a linear worldview. The universe doesn't speak to us in any language and we are not mutant spectators. We interpret the universe and the meaning.

Nov. 03 2013 11:32 AM
Kelsey from Magnolia, AR

This is incredibly beautiful. It is also helpful to have a window into my Mathematician husband's mind. I always wonder what he's thinking about in those extended silences...

Nov. 02 2013 02:16 PM

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