The Physics of the Familiar

Applied Mathematician Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan makes startling discoveries about the natural world because he never stopped wondering about familiar and everyday things, like what makes flags flutter? how does paint dry? What synchronicity that this Harvard Magazine cover article arrived the day after writing about folks who had figured out how to knit hyperbola: it includes a video suggesting how Nature discovered origami (which incidentally reminds me of the Fibonacci numbers post from last February, and the arrangement of sunflower petals).

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