Computational driftwood

The above object is a gnarled piece of driftwood. Only that it never floated in the sea and exists only in the virtual realm – a pure mathematical abstraction – a combination of three functions. Some would say it is an ultimate vindication of Platonism or the entities of shuddha-bhuvanAdhvan. In any case it raises the issue of whether natural form suggests that mathematical entities are merely discovered, i.e., a connection with that Platonic shuddha-shR^iShTi, or are invented for describing nature, or is merely a reflection of a deep-rooted tendency for pareidolia.

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~ by mAnasa-taraMgiNI on June 27, 2013.

 
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