Nature's Math

by: Travis Glodt April 14, 2016

Nature is a jumbled nonsensical mess of crooked lines . . . or is it? Have you ever been curious how special effects have become so realistic? Or how the video game you are playing has such a complex and realistic environment? The answer is a mathematical equation that can be mapped as an image known as a "fractal."

What is a fractal? According to a google search a fractal is "a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation."

I found this video highly interesting because some of my previous blog posts deal with some of the most up to date research in quantum physics. This research hypothesizes we may exist within a two dimensional hologram, a hologram which may possibly be smeared across the surface of a black hole. Other physicists hypothesize that reality is possibly a simulation and the reality we experience may be computer generated. There are even predictions that someday we will have the technology to generate a similar simulation, which means we could actually exist in a simulation within a simulation. Believe it or not these are not fringe ideas being put forth by conspiracy theorists. The quantum physicists who propose these ideas are the modern day equivalent of Albert Einstein in terms of their accomplishments and contributions to modern science. The very nature of the reality in which we currently live is being called into question.

I found this piece interesting because it ties into some of my previous posts. It also explains how the simulated realities we create from video games to simulations of the universe are seemingly so complex while in reality the math is much simpler than what quite literally meets the eye.

I have included some fractal images created by mother nature.

Broccoli Stalk Ammonite Fractal Seashell Fractal Salt Flats Fractal Mountain Fractal Fern Fractal Leaf Fractal Canyon Fractal Peacock Fractal Peacock Fractal

Published by: Speak: Creative
Created On: April 14, 2016
Last Modified: April 14, 2016


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