This is a form of Broccoli, the pattern seems fractal, where it repeats in smaller and smaller forms but in the same pattern. Another example is the Mandelbrot set. The now famous pattern that constantly reveals and renews itself the deeper you look into it.

Have you heard of Fibonacci numbers? They relate to the spirals on this Broccoli plant too. There are two spirals if you look closely. One is more curved than the other. It’s based on prime numbers. Like 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, and so on.

Now this is where I have to admit only a slight knowledge, I only know about Fibonacci because of programmes I have seen about him and they were based on art. I have also heard of the golden section, which is based on another spiral, and is said to allow you to place objects in a painting into the most beautiful composition. But I am no mathematician.

If you look up Fractals, Mandelbrot and Golden section, you should find interesting information about them all, and Chaos theory which seems to link them all. They are all fascinating.

There are several books out there about Chaos theory. It’s worth reading around the subject.

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I love fractals. I’ve written programs to generate the Mandelbrot set and the Julia set. They sucked up days of my life as I explored the patterns!

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They are fascinating. It’s impossible to duplicate them in paint but I would love to be able to!

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I know what you mean.

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😊

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There is just something about these patterns that touches me, it’s as if we seeing something special but can’t quite grasp why.

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I agree, there is something pleasing and ordered about them, even though they are created from chaos.

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