This GIF makes my brain hurt in the best way.

Does this mean coastlines are infinite? I think Veritasium did a video about that once.

Source: reuben-thomas

This GIF makes my brain hurt in the best way.

Does this mean coastlines are infinite? I think Veritasium did a video about that once.

Source: reuben-thomas

Work by Jason Padgett, a man with Acquired Savant Syndrome who now sees all of reality as mathematical fractals describable by equations.About:

The beauty of numbers and their connection to the pure geometry of space time and the universe is shown in his fractal diagrams…He is currently studying how all fractals arise from limits and how E=MC2 is itself a fractal. When he first started drawing he had no traditional math training and could only draw what he saw as math. Eventually a physicist saw his drawings and helped him get traditional mathematics training to be able to describe in equations the complex geometry of his drawings. He is currently a student studying mathematics in Washington state where he is learning traditional mathematics so he can better describe what he sees in a more traditional form. Many of the captions were written before he had any traditional math training. His drawing of E=MC^2 is based on the structure of space time at the quantum level and is based on the concept that there is a physical limit to observation which is the Planck length. It shows how at the smallest level, the structure of space time is a fractal…So sit back and enjoy the beauty of naturally occuring mathematics in pure geometric form connecting E=MC2 (energy) to art. All are HAND DRAWN using only a pencil, ruler and compass.

Holy cow, is this what Neo saw in *The Matrix*?

GInFinite.

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**Coral or blood vessels?**

If you guessed blood vessels, you’re right. These are plasticized by injecting donated cadavers with liquid agents, and then carefully dissected and painted. You may have seen these in your hometown as part of the BodyWorlds exhibit.

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**"Fractal!"**

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