The Math of Pixar

What did we really learn from our high school math classes, and how much have we used those learned skills in the real world? While I haven’t used much of my advanced math education in my film blogging career, the movies we watch couldn’t exist without these calculations. Pixar Research Lead Tony DeRose gave a TED Talk talking about how Pixar uses math to create their magical computer animated feature films that we have come to love.

DeRose delves into the math behind the animations, explaining how arithmetic, trigonometry and geometry help bring Woody and the rest of your favorite characters to life.

Watch the TED Talk video embedded after the jump to learn about the math of Pixar movies.
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