Alright Math Consultants, I want to tell a tiny story about math and I definitely need your help.

Here’s where this little story will fit in the film.

I have just finished talked about advances in Medieval technology and tools (the clock and the telescope most specifically). I describe these as the *hardware* of the era, and I say the *software* was math. I then use Galileo’s quote that nature is “a book written in mathematical characters.” Then I want to a brief montage talking about the advances in math. I want this montage to set-up Newton’s Principia. Ideally what I’d like to say is something like “this string of achievements set the stage for Newton’s theory of mechanics”.

The tone of this section is popular. I want anyone to be able to understand it. Think “Donald in Mathmagic Land.” It’s just a brief little journey through 17th century mathematics.

A list of five items would be plenty. Here are some potential ideas that could work.

- Kepler’s Laws of Motion
- Galileo’s Inertia
- John Wallis
- John Napier’s Logarithms
- Advances in Trigonometry
- François Viète’s algebra
- Descartes’ analytic geometry
- Descartes’ three laws of motion
- The Inverse Square Law
- Johannes Hudde, Hudde’s Rule
- Pierre de Fermat’s Adequality
- Pascal’s Triangle

So take a stab at it. Give me a list of five mathematical advances, briefly explain how they’re connected, and ideally, lead up to Newton’s mechanics.

Let me know if there are any questions!

Kirby