# The Spellbinding Mathematical GIFs Of Dave Whyte

The brain-bending animations of Dave "my name is david and i make gifs" Whyte are among the most captivating we've ever seen.

The brain-bending animations of Dave "my name is david and i make gifs" Whyte are among the most captivating we've ever seen.

Earlier this month, Iranian-born Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Fields Medal in the prize's nearly 80-year history. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she has some pretty solid advice to offer on making one's way through the world.

How long would it take for Saturn to form its rings? Phil Plait of the Bad Astronomer blog goes on a research-binge with a bit of casual mathematics to figure out it would take a surprisingly short time for a diffuse ring, especially considering the usual mind-boggling timescales in astronomy.

It was while working as a computer tech that Andres Amador fell in love with fractals – mathematical sets of patterns out of which beautiful geometric designs emerge. He applied his fascination to the creation of what can only be described as land art. His canvas? A vast swath of open beach. His paintbrush? A set of…

You've seen the footage of a rock falling past a skydiver. It looks like this particular object might be a rock accidentally packed in his parachute. So we've done the statistical analysis to figure out what the real chances are that a skydiver would eventually see a meteoroid.