Visualizing Abstract Mathematics Through an Animated Narrative
Vyas, Maya Lucy
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Animation
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Animation
Works cited: pages 28-29
"This thesis will examine the application of animated storytelling in the learning of abstract mathematical theories. I will explore the relationship between storytelling and comprehension, defining the historical context and significance of storytelling in academic development. I will then outline a framework for visualizing abstract math through animation with regard to viewers who are not innately computational. By analyzing past successes that have helped increase academic achievement such as 'Sesame Street,' Edwin A. Abbott’s novel, 'Flatland,' and The Walt Disney Studio’s edutainment films, I will propose animated narratives as a complement to lecture-based math theory. The visual component to this thesis will be a 1-minute film that illustrates Russell’s Paradox, a counterintuitive idea that caused the redefinition of modern axiomatic set theory. My film will use 3D animation to explain this paradox by relying on narrative techniques such as character acting and relatability rather than calculations or mathematical proofs."
Includes animated short "Russell's Hairadox," a visual metaphor of and complement to Russell’s paradox. The film "depicts a devoted barber who is instructed to shave everyone in town but who does not shave himself."
Keywords: animation, mathematics, education, entertainment, storytelling, learning, visualization
CHAIR: McGowan, David
Rutland, Matthew Brett
1 text file (thesis) : PDF, 29 pages + 1 animated short (2 min.) : WMV, sound, color
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