These days, we are treated to glorious images of the cosmos through astrophotography and sophisticated three-dimensional visualizations of the universe. In the early centuries of astronomy, however, our visions of the cosmos often took the shape of diagrams—representing what we believed about our solar system.
Virtually everything in the Universe is driven by math, though it's often very difficult for us to see it. An illuminating new video by Yann Pineill and Nicholas Lefaucheux corrects this by aligning mathematical equations and complex diagrams alongside the day-to-day machinations of the world around us.
If you had lived in a time and place where phrenology was a popularly accepted science, would you have been considered a paragon of virtue or would the lumps on your head cast you as a jealous, avaricious lout?
Our modern era doesn't just celebrate stories about gods and demi-gods — we have a whole host of new mythic figures that we obsess about, from Luke Skywalker to Superman to Captain Kirk. But who owns these legends?