Frames of Reference: Clever Vintage Film Makes Physics Fun
By Maria Popova
Saying that reality is merely a matter of point of view may be a tired truism. But illustrating it with irreverence and ingenuity can be utterly original. Such is the case of Frames of Reference, a lovely example of how cross-disciplinary creativity, blending architecture, design and cinema, can make physics tremendously more fun and digestible. The fascinating film released by the University of Toronto in 1960 utilizes ingeniously placed furniture and a rotating table to demonstrate how we make sense of space and motion.
All motion is relative, but we tend to think of one thing as being fixed and the other thing as being moving.”
The clever cinematography by Abraham Morochnik is part Hitchcock, part Lynch, part dorky Discovery Channel scitertainment — and totally brilliant.
You can download a hi-res version of the film over at the Internet Archive.
Published October 20, 2010