This Video Shows Just How Beautiful Mathematics Is

Betrand Russell once wrote that “[m]athematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” In this video, Yann Pineill and Nicolas Lefaucheux prove him right.

In the triptych video, an equation appears on the left, a technical diagram in the middle, and real-life footage of the phenomenon in question on the right. Covering everything from the motion of spinning of a top, through computer architecture, to the sugar in your coffee, it shows how simple and elegant mathematical equations can explain incredibly complex concepts. Mathematics really is beautiful. [Vimeo via Flowing Data]