Thursday 21 August 2008

Geometrics can be fun in squareland - Flatland the movie

Do you remember the time that you were trying to cope with geometry? I remember my encounter with squares and formulas and well, I was not to enthusiastic about it. But now there is geometry fun coming right to your screen!

Emre Sevinc (who has an astonishing knowledge on eLearning, IT architecture and cognitive sciences amongst others) got me on this great movie which features geometrical characters that speak with the voices from famous actors.

Let me paste the synopsis of the story:
"Flatland: The Movie is an animated film inspired by Edwin A. Abbott's classic novel, Flatland.
Set in a world of only two dimensions inhabited by sentient geometrical shapes, the story follows Arthur Square and his ever-curious granddaughter Hex. When a mysterious visitor arrives from Spaceland, Arthur and Hex must come to terms with the truth of the third dimension, risking dire consequences from the evil Circles that have ruled Flatland for a thousand years."

Does not this look like great fun! And look at the trailor, its simply motivating. And the movie is part of an educational dvd also. Sometimes I wish I was a kid in this age.

Another movie that made my day yesterday (watched it on my mobile while commuting) is 'the history of computers' made in the 20th century, it still gave me great new insights in the computer evolution (new names, economic factors).

I just love these new media.

1 comment:

  1. An interesting coincidence: I was just translating an article by Ian Stewart which is about the connection between the famous Minesweeper game and one of the most profound problems in computer science [1]. This is the same Ian Stewart who is the author of "The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" as well as "Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So" [2, 3].

    Now, one wonders if 'synchronicity' is playing games on us ;-) [4, 5]

    It seems like no matter what instructors or e-learning experts try to impose on us, the universe of brains work in mysterious ways to create connections, share and disseminate knowledge :)




    4- Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle

    5- Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind