A fractal film noir uses a dark narrative to help teach math

What fun! Elmo teaches math in dark, animated short!

TED Blog

The TED-Ed Lesson “The case of the missing fractals” isn’t just an introduction to the intricate and beautiful world of fractal geometry; it’s also a fully-realized film noir short complete with plot, drama and a smattering of ridiculous puns. This cinematic creation is the product of a TED-Ed dream team, with writing by veteran TED-Ed Educators George Zaidan and Alex Rosenthal (watch their lesson “Exploring other dimensions“) and animation by our own TED-Ed Animation Producer Jeremiah Dickey (watch his lesson, “A brief history of religion in art“). We met up with this trio to talk about the process of approaching an educational lesson with a narrative eye.

Why did you want to cover fractals? How did you come up with the idea for this lesson? 

Alex Rosenthal: I started working on this when the previous lesson that George and I worked on together, which was about Flatland, premiered. A lot…

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Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly: Call for Submissions, Cyborg Theme

#Sci-Fi #Romance short story #writers: Get on this! #SFRB Quarterly submission call!

SFRQ-button-300x200Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly seeks short stories for publication in online magazine focused on Science Fiction Romance.

Length

1,000 to 7,500 words. For Issue #4, we are accepting SFR stories of a Cyborg theme; that is, they must include cyborgs and SF and Romance elements with an upbeat ending. We also prefer stronger heroines to passive ones.

Payment

US$30 paid upon publication, promotional biography with two links, and a complimentary quarter-page advertisement. (We’re working on increasing the rate, but it all depends on how much ad revenue we get in.)

Deadline for Issue #4

August 15, 2014.

Rights sought

Six-month exclusive world digital rights from date of publication; non-exclusive thereafter.

Other info

One short story will be published per quarterly issue, so please send only edited and polished work, with the understanding that the majority will be rejected. Due to the constraints, we are unable to give personalized feedback on…

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