This Fun and Educating Video Uses Fruits to Explain Spheres in Higher Dimensions

Thinking about spheres in the 9th dimension is made easier by visualizing it with fruit in this video from the team at Numberphile.
Jessica Miley

Thinking in dimensions other than 3D can be headache-inducing. But the team from Numberphile has created this great video that investigates higher dimensional spheres. While the video really needs to be watched to be fully comprehended, let's just say you’ll never look at oranges the same way again.

The host of this video is Matt Parker. Parker has made a name for himself as a mathematically minded stand-up comic. According to his website, Matt Parker is "Possibly the only person to hold the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe," and he "is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up."

Parker was born in Australia but now lives in the UK where he regularly tours as a stand-up comedian and works as a math educator and communicator.

Parker attempts to get people excited about math. His most famous claim to fame is the ‘Parker Square’. The math whiz attempted to create a 3x3 magic square using square numbers. However, his attempt failed but has since gained a cult following as a mascot for trying and failing. He has also teamed up with another mathematician, Hannah Fry to develop algorithms that help improve your chance of winning the board game Monopoly.

The Numberphile channel is worth a look if you are keen to improve your general number and math knowledge. All the episodes are presented by beguiling and charming nerdy hosts that make you feel ok about how difficult it is to imagine the 9th dimension.

This Fun and Educating Video Uses Fruits to Explain Spheres in Higher Dimensions

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