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Patterns Found in Nature

A butterfly's wings are an example of mirrored symmetry.

A butterfly’s wings are an example of mirrored symmetry.

CuriOdyssey is exploring visual and auditory patterns found in nature in a series of blog posts and in our upcoming new exhibit, THE NATURE OF PATTERNS.  A few of the patterns we will delve into are:

  • Symmetries (mirror & radial)
  • Fractals (branching)
  • Spirals
  • Flow
  • Foam
  • Waves
  • Tiling
  • Cracks
  • Spots & stripes
  • Plus, auditory patterns

These beautiful patterns are found throughout the natural world, from atomic to the astronomical scale.

Philip Ball’s book, “Patterns in Nature” was a source of inspiration. We recommend it. Below are a few images showcasing some of nature’s patterns.

cracks

flow

foam

frac

spiral

spots

sym

tilings

waves

For interesting facts about the patterns you see in nature around you, read Nature’s Patterns Around You.

To learn more about the math behind nature’s patterns, check out The Mathematics of Nature’s Patterns.

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