Ron Eglash and "The New Math"

Ron Eglash and "The New Math"

Date posted: 2009-01-06 11:52:00

From "Metropolis": We often hear about how the organic forms of nature inform design, but what about the complex repetitions of a mathematical pattern? Ron Eglash, an associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, was surprised to discover that many African villages traditionally organized their buildings in a complex geometric pattern known as a fractal, or a series of ever-diminishing similarly-shaped curves. Fractals had been considered a relatively modern mathematical discovery, and the geometric pattern was most frequently employed in computer graphics, so it was a revelation to learn that indigenous design included such seemingly contemporary shapes."  

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