Both Brain Pickings and the NY Times were spot on in their evaluations of Vi Hart when they stated she has a rare gift in “making mathematics cool”. And not just cool in a fleeting ‘of-the-moment way either’, it’s a genuinely clever, engaging and inspiring way.
The standout piece of hers that caught my eye was the following video. Now, seven minutes may seem like a long time to watch, but I can assure you it’s more than worth it.
The beautiful story of Wind and Mr Ug
(Do persevere with the story, after a couple of minutes the twist will suddenly make sense)
The foresight and creativity alone to conjure such a story is huge, let alone the whimsical and playful execution.
In case you haven’t yet worked it out, it’s a world based on a Möbius strip. Now, have you worked out how the story ends?
From her mathematical balloon models (who doesn’t like balloons!) to her binary trees, it is utterly absorbing to watch Vi’s creations come to life through her infectious enthusiasm and passion for maths. Be sure to check out her full ‘mathemagical’ portfolio here.