Nature by the Numbers

Today’s YouTube treasure is neither particularly humorous nor stop-motion-animation-y. But what it lacks in those departments, it more than makes up for with its high “math geek” quotient and sheer mind-blowing awesomeness:

Cristóbal Vila, the man behind the short, has a fascinating website documenting the ideas and process behind his creation:

Artists and architects have used since ancient times many geometrical and mathematical properties: we could take some examples simply by observing the refined use of the proportions by architects from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome or other Renaissance artists like Michelangelo, Da Vinci or Raphael.

But what is more surprising for me is that many of these properties and mathematical developments are also found present in NATURE. We could find countless cases, but I wanted to refer only three of them on this short animation: The Fibonacci Series and Spiral/The Golden and Angle Ratios/The Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations.

(The WiP page is great fun, as well.)

Joseph Susanka


Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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  • Mother of Two Sons

    I actually loved Math in school and the number one question posed by many of my classmates and my children is when am I ever going to use any of this….. what is the significance/meaning behind Math formulas, etc. I guess I looked at the whole process of learning Math as a game or a puzzle that became ever more challenging as you advanced through to each level!
    This was absolutely beautiful and such a testimony of the GREAT Designer, God we know(but a tiny glimpse of) and love! I hope that it inspires many to really delve deep into this amazing life we have been given and uncover all of the secrets tucked inside for those who have the will to explore! Thank you for sharing; a wonderful way to start my day!

  • Jen

    I’m a closet geometry geek, too. There is something so beautiful about seeing the perfect orderliness of things — it’s so weirdly satisfying!

    This short was stunning. I hope he plans to make more!