Who said math can’t be interesting? Fractals like these can seem too perfect to be true, but they occur in nature and plants all the time and are examples of math, physics, and natural selection at work!
When we see order in the world, we think it must be some human hand that made it so. But 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.” There is order in nature, and 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. 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 20 pictures of some geometry symmetry plants. Which one is your favorite?
#1 Aloe Polyphylla
#2 Romanesco Broccoli
#3 Crassula Buddha’s Temple Plant
#4 Amazon Lily Pad
#6 Flowers Like Jeweled Carpet
#7 Drosophyllum Lusitanicum
#8 Hoya Aldrichii
#9 Fractal Cabbage
#12 Spiraling Succulent
#13 Thinking Cactus
#14 Viola Sacculus
#15 Ludwigia Sedioides
#18 Pelecyphora Aselliformis
#19 Chameleon Tail
#20 B&W Dahlia
Fabio Evagelista is a Brazilian writer.
Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.