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The Mathematical Structure of Terrorism
June 10, 2006 3:10 PM   Subscribe

It's all one's and zero's eh? The complex patterns of the natural world often turn out to be governed by relatively simple mathematical relationships. A seashell grows at a rate proportional to its size, resulting in a delicate spiral. The gossamer network of galaxies results from the simple interplay between cosmic expansion and the force of gravity over a wide range of scales. As our catalogue of natural phenomena has grown more complete, more and more scientists have begun to look for interesting patterns in human society.
posted by Unregistered User (17 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Schrodingers Cat and the Golden Bough?
posted by Unregistered User at 3:12 PM on June 10, 2006


Could have linked to the original article but that might not go through some people's porn filters.
posted by delmoi at 3:16 PM on June 10, 2006


It's all one's and zero's eh? The complex patterns of the natural world often turn out to be governed by relatively simple mathematical relationships.

Some believe that's expected.
posted by Gyan at 3:18 PM on June 10, 2006


Eureka? Eureka!
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:28 PM on June 10, 2006


Articles such as this are probably what led to the creation of NUMB3RS.
posted by graventy at 3:32 PM on June 10, 2006


Articles such as this are probably what led to the creation of NUMB3RS

Or this??
posted by Unregistered User at 3:43 PM on June 10, 2006


Is it significant that the numbers in play here are 2, 3, and 5? Or am I just too distracted by the hideous interplay of 23 and 5 to see a "reasonable" explanation here?
posted by OverlappingElvis at 4:06 PM on June 10, 2006


so...Pynchon was right?

("They're falling in a Poisson distribution," says Pointsman in a small voice, as if it was open to challenge.)
posted by paul_smatatoes at 4:08 PM on June 10, 2006


Argh! Hyphen heresy!
posted by Acey at 4:36 PM on June 10, 2006


Make that apostrophe apocalypse :P
posted by Acey at 4:36 PM on June 10, 2006


The soldier and the Hunchback.
posted by Balisong at 5:38 PM on June 10, 2006


Psychohistory anyone?
posted by cardoso at 7:11 PM on June 10, 2006


If you're interested in this sort of thing, check out "The Golden Ratio : The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number," it's a good read. There's some crazy ass shit with phi, I mean it, seriously crazy ass shit.
posted by pwb503 at 8:01 PM on June 10, 2006


OverlappingElvis: I just read the Illuminatus! trilogy too!
posted by Iax at 10:03 PM on June 10, 2006


Comma conflagration.
posted by adamvasco at 4:46 AM on June 11, 2006


Isn't this kind of what this guy says?
posted by Zinger at 7:12 AM on June 11, 2006


All of this universe is maths.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:24 AM on June 11, 2006


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