Animation Can Describe Complex Concepts
|October 13, 2012||Posted by Warren under Animation Talk|
Animation can provide a powerful tool for explaining incredibly complex concepts. For an example of this, take a look at the video linked below. It helps to understand what this video is about to explain to you before you watch it to get an idea of how much you will have learned by the end of it.
In this video, Dennis Wildfogel, a mathematician, explains how big infinity is. If you’re a big fan of pointing out the obvious, you may already be thinking that infinity is infinitely big. This, however, is not actually the case. As mind-bending as that might be, the video does a great job of explaining it and of doing so in a way that is accessible to people who don’t even have extensive backgrounds in mathematics.
Some of the concepts in this video are very advanced. Set theory, number theory and the other disciplines discussed are beyond the grasp of most people who don’t have a specific education in mathematics. Note how the animation in this video makes these concepts very easy to grasp. For example, the animation that shows the shepherd placing a rock for each of his sheep, giving him an accurate model of how many sheep he has, does a good job of explaining the power of set theory.
Animation can be a powerful tool when you’re trying to explain something that is very difficult to convey in words. The adage about a picture being worth 1000 words applies here. What makes animation even more powerful than a static image, however, is the fact that animation can be produced that matches the flow of the speaker’s lecture. This video provides a good example of it. When the speaker gets into a concept that is very complex, the accompanying animation gives a visual example of what he is talking about.
Using animation to convey complex information is very established. In fact, even simple drawings are sometimes preferable to photographs for conveying complex information. For example, botanists oftentimes use hand sketches of plants to identify them because the sketches tend to convey what the human eye notices rather than the entire picture, and the former is sometimes more useful information. The same applies to animation. No matter how complex a concept may be, animation can reduce it to simple images that anybody can understand, even if you’re talking about infinity and set theory.
See how this fantastic stop motion animation was helpful for our client to increase sales.