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Travel back in time to Ancient Greece where revolutionary thinkers – from Thales, Pythagoras, Democritus and Aristotle to Euclid, Archimedes, and Hypatia of Alexandria – helped define the rules and language of mathematics.

For Greek thinkers, maths wasn’t simply a means of calculating amounts but a way of testing reality and understanding the true nature of the world around them. Indeed, Pythagoras is believed to have coined both the words “philosophy” (“love of wisdom”) and “mathematics” (“that which is learned”).

From the Ri Channel, Phoebe Halstead, and 12foot6, this is the two-minute story of math’s great Greek Legacy: How the Ancient Greeks shaped modern mathematics.

Yay, math! Previously from the Ri Channel: the animated adventure of x-ray crystallography.

Thanks, @cawston and @benjohnbarnes.

In 1961, an interactive exhibition called Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond inaugurated the new science wing at Los Angeles’ California Museum of Science and Industry. Sponsored by IBM, it was an innovative exhibit designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, and lucky for us, it included five short animations that explored a handful of math concepts. Watch three of our favorites:

Above, 2ⁿ – “a story about the exponential growth of numbers raised to powers.” Below, Symmetry and testing for degrees of it:

Also, Topology – how a closed curve dissects a plane into inside and outside sections:

And in the archives, don’t miss this iconic Eames film: Powers of Ten.

via Tinybop.

Sesame Street’s Mad Painter paints the number 7, starring Paul Benedict and featuring Stockard Channing and Jerome Raphel. We especially love the jaunty silent film-style music. After this, watch the number 4, the number 5, the number 6, the number 9, the number 10, the number 11, and the numbers 3 and 8 below:

There’s more classic Sesame Street in the archives, including How Crayons are Made, Three Striped Balls & a Polka-dot Ball, Shape Organization, and Old Paper, New Paper.