17 October 2005

Switzerland’s fractal supermarket cabbages

via Mark Bourne à la Boing Boing
Nearly exact self-similar fractal forms occur do in nature, but I'd never seen such a beautiful and perfect example until, some time after moving to Switzerland, I came across a chou Romanesco like the one above in a grocery store. This is so visually stunning an object that on first encounter it's hard to imagine you're looking at a garden vegetable rather than an alien artefact created with molecular nanotechnology. But of course, then you realise that vegetables are created with molecular nanotechnology, albeit the product of earthly evolution, not extraterrestrial engineering.

http://www.fourmilab.ch/images/Romanesco/

1 comment:

channel null said...

"But of course, then you realise that vegetables are created with molecular nanotechnology, albeit the product of earthly evolution, not extraterrestrial engineering."

The crown is in the kingdom. Reminds me of two of my in-jokes, which probably started me on this course and ruined my life:

"Don't you get it? Mason jars are hermetically sealed! It's been in front of us all along!"