The Hypnotic Power Of Repetitive Architecture

Do not adjust your screen. What you are looking at is not a glitch, not an alien experiment, and not a broadcast test pattern. It's just a handful examples of extremely repetitive architectural patterns in buildings from around the world. » 12/03/14 3:00pm 12/03/14 3:00pm

Can You Figure Out This Parking Lot's Numbering System?

Can you explain the numbering system in this parking lot? Like most good riddles, there are several clues hiding in plain sight, and the answer, once you see it, is clear as day. (And, if you're like me, you'll wonder why it didn't dawn on you sooner.) » 6/14/14 9:38am 6/14/14 9:38am

A touching short film about Mandelbrot and how he discovered fractals

Back in 2010 — a mere 19 days before his death — Benoît Mandelbrot gave a candid and moving interview describing his life's work and how he came to devise fractal geometry, the notion that the much of the natural world is organized according to elegant and predictable mathematical principles. » 11/18/13 7:40am 11/18/13 7:40am

Why do people hallucinate geometric tunnels?

Whenever you imagine any kind of altered reality — from dreams, to drug trips, to warp speed — the main image is always a tunnel, ringed by regular geometric patterns. And most of us see those odd, tunneling patterns at some point in our lives. What exactly is it about our brains that creates them? » 5/22/13 11:30am 5/22/13 11:30am