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The Universe – Things for which I am grateful #355/365


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Sometimes, I find it utterly extraordinary that any of us are here at all. How we have come to be in this chaotic universe is nothing short of miraculous. Imagining all of the things that had to take place over the past 14 billion years in order for us to exist are almost too enormous to comprehend.

Then, on other days, I just think we’re randomly floating around space on a giant ball of muck.

spiral-galaxy

I am in awe of our universe and the secrets hitherto unanswered. Who or what created it? Is there life after death? Are there parallel universes? Is there life on other planets?

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What else I find mesmerising about the universe is how what is going on out there in space is mirrored down here on Earth – down to the microscopic level. Whether we’re looking at a spiral galaxy or the fractal patterns on a leaf.

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Scientists estimate that there are between 4.2 and 5.3 trillion habitable planets in the observable universe. It’s hard to fathom that we are the only planet to have evolved intelligent life. If that is the case, what a waste of a universe that would be. Mankind has hardly showered itself in glory this past brace of millennia.

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tree

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From macro to micro – The scale of the universe. (Click and slide.)

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This short film about the nature of space/time will blow your mind. If this is true then’s there’s no point us worrying about the future – it already exists.

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Fractals in Nature


Well, hello again.

I’ve been away on holiday, hence the reason for not having posted for a while. And, yes, it was lovely, thank you for asking.

Anyways, I have always been fascinated by fractals. So I thought I would share this fascination with you.

My interest is mainly in the visual and biological rather than mathematical.

The term ‘Fractal’ was originally coined by Benoît Mandelbrot, in 1975. Which is from the Latin fractus which means fractured or broken.

Basically, a fractal is a self-similar repeating pattern whether viewed from distance or close up. So the ‘part’ is almost identical to the ‘whole’.

What fascinates me most, is how these fractal patterns, or designs, are present all around us in nature.

Scientists strive to search ever deeper into our sub-atomic make-up. What if, it just keeps on going?

Enjoy…

Fractal broccoli

Fractal trees

Fractal leaf

Fractal plant

Fractal sea urchin

More fractal leaves

Fractal galaxy

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