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Sep 13, 1995 05:24 PM

by Murray Stentiford, Scientific Software and Systems Ltd

Eldon: >Murray:>Reminds me that the 2-dimensional spiral is quite a common symbol in >>some cultures, often portrayed with 3 and a half turns or circuits around >>the center. > >We can combine mathematical symbols and get others that contain more meanings. >The book "Turbulent Mirror", which goes into chaos, gives a quite wonderful >collection of mathematical and geometric symbols. One that is new, that was >not popularly known in Blavatsky's time, is that of the fractal. > ..... certainly fractals, things like the mandelbrot set and bifurcation >curve, should prove to be even richer sources of intuitive insight into the >mathemtical (and spiritual) side of life! > Yes, I agree about fractals etc. Along with the hologram, I think the fractal is a great symbol of the universe itself, especially the way its main characteristic features can be discerned at different scales or viewing magnifications. In its many forms, the fractal is a graphical demonstration of 1 how the properties of the whole can be found in the parts, 2 a unity of similarity throughout, 3 "As above, so below", and 4 the profound beauty that can arise from the application of "law", in this case mathematics. Must read that book, too. Thanks Murray

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