A peek inside the mind of a mathematician

This is not new, but it’s one of the very best math videos on the inter-tubes. It’s designed by Bill Thurston, who’s known not only for his mathematical talent (winning him a Fields medal), but for his incredible ability to teach.

The video is about Thurston’s technique for everting a sphere. But the real gems are the little visual techniques (complete with sound effects), so important for this kind of mathematics. Thurston’s video not only makes them accessible, but provides a rare peek into the mind of one of the greatest mathematicians of our time.

See also my note on the history of sphere eversion, and on a more efficient method; you might also try this software from the Geometry Center, which provides an even more hands on experience of turning a sphere inside out. Enjoy!

Soul Physics is authored by Bryan W. Roberts. Thanks for subscribing.
Want more Soul Physics? Try the Soul Physics Tweet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You can use standard LaTeX enclosed in dollar signs, e.g., $\sqrt{2}^2=2$ gets rendered as .
You can also use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>