The Power of Networks: Complexity, patterns, fractals, and scale | Gaia Marcus • Manuel Lima

Gaia Marcus: Something we’re examining is how people need to understand complexity… We’re taught that A plus B equals C but that’s not actually how that works at the more complex level. And something you touch on… was how order and disorder, or order and complexity are actually two poles of the same phenomena and […]

The fractals at the heart of African designs | Ron Eglash

“It’s the same pattern at many different scales,” Ron Eglash explained about fractals in his 2007 TED Talk. To create one, you start with a seed shape and iteratively integrate smaller versions of the shape back into the design. It is a recursive process that leads to a shape of infinite length. Fractal shapes also […]

Finding the simple patterns in a complex world | Michael Barnsley

Professor Michael Barnsley has developed a new way to uncover simple patterns that might underlie apparently complex systems, such as clouds, cracks in materials or the movement of the stockmarket. The method, named fractal Fourier analysis, is based on new branch of mathematics called fractal geometry. The method could help scientists better understand the complicated […]