I still haven’t seen that tv show with the mathematician solving crimes, Numb3rs. Anybody seen it? What night is it on? Now that I can actually see network television again, I’d like to check it out. Anything with that Rob Morrow in it has to be good. Oh no wait, that’s Bob Wagner (sorry inside joke with myself).
In the meantime, take a look at the abstract beauty and underlying symmetry that is laid bare at NumberSpiral.com. The curves visualized here are just the first 49,000 prime numbers. Notice how they tend to fall along certain curves emanating from the center? Intriguing. Check out the whole site.
And while we’re looking at these pleasing renditions of numbers, let’s also check out this Lorenz manifold crocheted together by mathematicians. The 25,511 stitch creation is a representation of chaotic systems, such as flowing water or the weather. Dr. Hinke Osinga explains, “Imagine a leaf floating in a turbulent river and consider how it passes either to the left or to the right around a rock somewhere downstream. Those special leaves that end up clinging to the rock must have followed a very unique path in the water. Each stitch in the crochet pattern represents a single point (a leaf) that ends up at the rock.”