The Ulam spiral
If we were to show graphically how prime numbers grow and expand, we’ll see an ever-expanding spiral – a Ulam spiral called after mathematician Stanislav Ulam who discovered it. I extracted my spiral pattern from Adam Freidin’s script on Observable.
That a logical progression of numbers set itself in a spiral-like shape is quite awesome. That from snail shells to Fibonacci & galaxies far far away, all are built after the shape of a spiral is mystifying. The randomness of the unexplained!
Neurons interaction in a spiral pattern.
We may not yet understand fully the elements of randomness by which our neuron associate with each other to form a clear thought. One approach is to study the framework in which it happens – linear, circular or other, and evaluate which pattern works best.
Why is it the first connection that came to my mind once I finished this image was Raphael’s painting “The school of Athens”? I’ll never know, but that’s the signal my neuron sent me. A lot can be said about thought process & random connections!