“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mathematical Beauty: Roots of Polynomials

On the subject of mathematical beauty, something I've mentioned before (eg. here and here), I couldn't resist pointing to this post about roots of polynomials from John Baez's blog...fascinating stuff.  The basic idea: if you plot the complex roots of degree-24 polynomials, with coefficients 1 or -1, in the complex plane, you get the beautiful pattern below. Complexity emerges from simplicity, or if you prefer, within complexity, simplicity is hidden.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful. I love the concept.

    I would suggest reading Desiring God by John Piper (if you haven't already). It helped me to see how through the entire complexity of God and our relationship with him is shown in the simplicity of his love in the death of Christ and in our pursuit of him in seeking our joy and his glory. Doctrine, glorious doctrine. =D

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