The Multidimensional Geometry of Tree Limbs

8 May 2006 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

I've been reading Brian Greene's The Fabric of the Cosmos and just finished the discussion in chapter 12 on string physics and extra dimensions, and I thought, as I looked at the strange forms that the limbs of some trees take, that perhaps they are manifesting some multidimensional geometric pattern that would make total sense if we had a better understanding of how the 6 or 7 hidden spatial dimensions that string theory posits affects how a tree's limbs unfold.  Then I started to look around at all of the bushes, flowers, plants as I approached my home, and I had one of these "everything is illuminated" moments as my reading of Ian Stewart's Life's Other Secret:  The New Mathematics of the Living World influenced my perception.  If things like pine cones and leopard spots manifest relatively understandable mathematical concepts like Fibonacci numbers and broken symmetry, then perhaps the growth of tree limbs manifest the shape of 10-D multidimensional space. . . .

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