Sunday 17 October 2010

Passion For Patterns




The death has just been announced of Benoit Mandelbrot, the mathematician [details here]

Like one of my other great maths heroes, Fibonacci, this man studied the relationship between mathematics and nature, and coined the word ‘fractals’

His seminal work, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, was published in 1982. In it, he argued that seemingly random mathematical shapes in fact followed a pattern if broken down into a single repeating shape.


fractal cauli


fractal shell


fractal snowflake


fractal fern

The shoreline

fractal shoreline

Such amazing beauty – and there is a pattern in it. Some may talk about ‘intelligent design’ – for me it is evidence of a great Creator!

We may be able to programme computers to design such things…


…but never forget this wasn’t our idea in the first place!

listen to these verses from the book of Job

"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
       Tell me, if you understand.

…Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
       Who stretched a measuring line across it?

…On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

…Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

…From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?

…Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion?

…Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons?

…Tell me, if you understand.”


  1. Just beautiful. Man can never complete with the beauty that God creates.

  2. A morning smile, told to us by our vicar.

    A group of scientists discovered how to make a human. They claimed that they could do what God could. The big day came for the demonstration; the eyes of the world were upon them.
    " We shall now begin the process" said the most clever of the scientists.
    "Firstly, we take a cup of dirt".
    Suddenly the heavens opened and God's voice was heard....
    " Excuse me, but use your OWN dirt".



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