Journey to the Center of a Triangle (1976)

29 01 2010

‘Journey to the Center of a Triangle’ (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. A  film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal.  One of a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter.


Congruent Triangles (1977)

29 01 2010

Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable ‘Bach meets Third Steam Jazz’ musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct.

Fermat’s Last Theorem (1996)

22 01 2010
Fermat’s Last Theorem (1996)

Simon Singh and John Lynch’s film tells the story of Andrew Wiles. A quiet English mathematician, he was drawn into maths by Fermat’s puzzle, but at Cambridge in the ’70s, FLT was considered a joke, so he set it aside. Then, in 1986, an extraordinary idea linked this irritating problem with one of the most profound ideas of modern mathematics: the Taniyama-Shimura Conjecture, named after a young Japanese mathematician who tragically committed suicide.