Imagining Things


Published on Dec 3, 2013

A fresh and surprising documentary about university-level mathematics.

Maths at university is very different from maths at school. It’s much more than solving problems – you need to be creative, imaginative, and develop a sense of intuition.

Imagining Things meets a bunch of undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers at Cambridge University. What’s it like to study maths at a high level? What does it feel like? What does it look like in your mind’s eye?

Mathematicians work at a level of abstraction well beyond most people’s experience. And, for all sorts of reasons, the study of maths is often sensationalised. But most mathematicians are pretty normal, and their answers are easy to relate to.

Imagining Things is a short documentary about maths and about thinking. What happens in your head? What do you think about, when you think about maths?

There are some cool things here about imagery, right in the middle. Whether it’s only created to communicate, uncommunicable, or evidence of a similar understanding.

At the end there’s also something about the writing technology – not being able to do it with eyes closed, as it’s not possible to hold all these things in one’s head at once.


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