Friday math movie: Donald in Mathmagic Land
By Murray Bourne, 25 Jan 2013
Here’s a 1959 classic from Walt Disney.
Donald Duck learns how math arose out of music (the Pythagoreans), art and architecture (the Greeks), nature (the Golden Ratio gets a good plug), games (vectors, angles) and of course, science and engineering.
As the commentator says when taking conic sections:
“No matter how you slice it, you always get mathematics.”
And a bit later:
“These are the doors to the future. And the key to the doors is mathematics.”
In the 1950s and 1960s, science had a higher profile than it does today. I can’t imagine too many animation houses producing such a video today.
So here is Donald in Mathmagic Land (27 min).
YouTube took down this video because it violated copyright. Sorry about that.
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