Our universe is a mathematical one; look around you, and what you see everywhere are mathematical shapes and objects. They all follow a traditional ‘Euclidian’ pattern – a pattern of perfect straight lines and angles. It adheres to Euclid’s law – a 2 to 3-dimensional universe of ‘synthetic’ objects, designed by humans, for humans – objects such as mobile phones, cars, houses, appartments, the whole infrastructure, and so on.
Our synthetic world conforms to Euclid’s laws. However, if you look at nature, it can hardly be called ‘Euclidian’. That’s because ‘nature’ does not consist of perfectly straight lines, squared or cubed objects; nature consists of ‘irregular’ lines, broken and uneven – with no perfect shapes, like squares or cubes.
And so, the only geometry that can explain nature is fractal geometry; it was coined by the french mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot.
Fractals are, as such, ‘non-Euclidian’, and more importantly, they enable us to represent ‘nature’ in a ‘mathematical perspective’.
Although at its infancy, the true power of fractals is still not clear – but it’s slowly and surely gaining in prominence: mobile phones use fractal technology; hd- televisions use fractal technology; and some other applications do currently exist.
Imagine re-designing mobile phones, houses, appartments, and cars and other synthetic objects in fractal form. This would revolutionize our world – beyond recognition. It would be a “breath of fresh air.”
By using the laws of nature, we can revolutionize our lives and enrich it – freeing-up much needed space and creating a tranquil environment.
The population is growing each year, but the earth is not growing with it.
We need to look to the future and evolve with time, so we can free-up much needed space and use it more effectively. And this can be done by following the laws of nature – of fractal nature.
Benoit Mandelbrot unwittingly lit a tiny spark, which will become a mighty flame one day, and we can evolve to a richer and better, and a more enviroment-friendly planet.
We must break the mold.
Shahrokh Sharifrazy is A trained mathematician from the University of London..Shahrokh has been an accomplished teacher of Mathematics for a long time and is now full time journalist. He originally hails from Iran.
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