Fractals and nature have always fascinated me. A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. It is also known as expanding symmetry or evolving symmetry. Expanding Consciousness has put together an amazing photo display of math and symmetry in natural creation.
Beautiful spirals, patterns, colors and designs that these plants just form all by themselves! Plants are some of the best examples of math, physics, and natural selection at work!
In today’s modern art, you can see variations of inspiration from plants. Even Galileo Galilei in his Il Saggiatore wrote, “[The universe] is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures.” Math is universal language known throughout the cosmos. Artists who want to reproduce it faithfully spend hours studying nature’s forms.
Civilization has struggled to understand this perfect geometry for thousands of years. I mean, I’ve struggled with geometry all through high school. In the 4th century, Plato believed that symmetry in nature was proof of universal forms. In 1952, the famous code-breaker Alan Turing wrote a book trying to explain how such patterns in nature could be formed. Here are some of the marvelous natural creations that this world has to offer.
Simple Purple Cabbage creates a perfect fractal