Published on November 7th, 2013 | by Simi

# Mathematics has changed the course of human history countless times

It’s easy to forget how much of what we see every day can be described by a series of symbols and relationships.

A video titled “Beauty of Mathematics” from Yann Pineill and Nicolas Lefaucheux shows exactly how true that is.

On the left, you see the equation itself, in the middle, a diagram of what’s happening in real time, and on the right, how things look in the real world.

Dice – probability determines how likely it is that you’ll roll a two and a four during a game of backgammon.

Spinning top – mathematics can derive the equations of motion that can model a spinning top — how fast it needs to go, and the topping point for when it will wobble out of control:

Magnification – maths can describe how a lens of a given size and proportion will magnify something at different distances.

Compass – Maxwell’s equations help describe how electromagnetism and a compass work.

HTML – maths is the reason a series of ones and zeros can end up on your screen as what you’re reading right now.