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AntiKythera Mechanism out of Legos

Friday, December 10th, 2010



Vi Hart makes some wonderful drawings with sly commentary along the way.



Vi Hart makes some wonderful drawings with sly commentary along the way.



Hans Rosling illustrates the rise of wealth and lengthening of lives in this fantastic animation.

In his TED talk a few years ago, thumb
he did many similarly facinating animations.



Vi Hart makes some wonderful drawings with sly commentary along the way.



Hans Rosling illustrates the rise of wealth and lengthening of lives in this fantastic animation.

In his TED talk a few years ago, thumb
he did many similarly facinating animations.



Hans Rosling illustrates the rise of wealth and lengthening of lives in this fantastic animation.

In his TED talk a few years ago, hospital
he did many similarly facinating animations.



Apple engineer Andrew Carol pieced together 1, purchase 500 piece Lego Technic blocks to build a faithful-in-function replica of the Greek Antikythera Mechanism. Though built in ancient times (150-100 BC) it’s thought to be of comparable sophistication to 19th century Swiss clocks.

Discovered in a ancient shipwreck in 1901, it took researches decades to discover its intended purpose – as an astronomical calculator capable of predicting eclipses, the positions of the sun and moon, other planets and significant stars. It’s widely considered the first known mechanical computer.

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Visualizing wealth/mortality history in 4 minutes

Friday, December 10th, 2010



Vi Hart makes some wonderful drawings with sly commentary along the way.



Vi Hart makes some wonderful drawings with sly commentary along the way.



Hans Rosling illustrates the rise of wealth and lengthening of lives in this fantastic animation.

In his TED talk a few years ago, thumb
he did many similarly facinating animations.

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Doodling in Math Class: Snakes + Graphs

Sunday, November 28th, 2010



Vi Hart makes some wonderful drawings with sly commentary along the way.

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Frames Of Reference

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010


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This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian.

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