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Talking Math at Pixar

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In this video, Brady Haran of Numberphile visits Pixar to find out how they use math to make animated movies. This is actually a pretty deep dive on the math; we've seen Tony DeRose do this kind of thing before, but he rarely has time (and a math-literate interviewer) to get into the details. If you're interested in math and Pixar, this is delicious. I just want to be clear, this is very heavy on math, so if you're looking for cool animations, you will be disappointed! Math nerds, enjoy:

If Tony DeRose's name sounds familiar, perhaps it's from this post I wrote in March featuring a bunch of lectures he has given on...wait for it...math and Pixar!

Also, check out the YouTube page for this video; it has links to various papers by DeRose, Ed Catmull, and the somewhat retro-designed Pixar Research home page. (Note: I used Pixar's Renderman software for an independent study class in the mid-1990s...that site looks familiar!)

(Via Hello Internet, a very fun podcast. Check out Brady's Pixar "stranger" badge!)

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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

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Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple
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On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]

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