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The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

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Talk about the unexpected! Young mathematicians, scientists, and artists will be enlightened by this short video that uses Van Gogh's Starry Night to depict the turbulent flow and the movement of light.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide class members with paints and have them test the color theory presented in the video by combining different colors and brush techniques
Classroom Considerations
  • The video assumes viewers have some knowledge of the concepts of luminance, Kolmogorov's Equation, and fluid turbulence
  • The animation illustrates how the colors Van Gogh uses in his painting imitate the movement of light
  • The concise narration and humorous animation make it easy to understand this very complex problem
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