Nature by Numbers, a Sensory Science Film

The presence of DNA or at least the visual suggestion of it is there from the off in the helical shape of the nautilus/ram’s horn the mathematics describe. But it is also there implicitly in the rest of the film – I start to think in terms of genetic coding it takes to make all those little sections of eye of the sunflower or the compound eye of the dragon fly. Besides, it’s just a beautiful short film. Perhaps inevitably, Fibonacci numbers come into play here.

When the Spanish filmmaker and graphic designer Cristóbal Vila looks at nature, he sees numbers, and the remarkable elegance of mathematics. Uniting music and animation with mathematics, Nature by Numbers is a sensory science film, an immersion in the world of the minute and microscopic, and an exciting introduction to some of the great geometric and scientific concepts.


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