Category Archives: Mathematics

Mathemagical bridge

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge takes my breath away. Think I’m being hyperbolic about this parabolic wonder? Let’s pack a picnic and check it out. There’s plenty of parking a short walk from the bridge.

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Downtown Dallas peeks through the bridge’s cabled composition in this east-facing view.

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Green canopies in the making dot the walking bridge nearby.

Let’s plonk on chairs, unwrap sandwiches, dive into potato chips.

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Explore trails under the bridge and see the other bridges nearby.

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Solid and orderly, this rail bridge holds its own next to the new kid on the block.

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Enjoy the changing patterns that the graceful arch and cabled stays provide.

Birth of a fractal

A fractal is a repeating pattern that displays at different scales. Nature brings science, math, and art together in the fractal flowers of Queen Anne’s lace:

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The first umbel …

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… gives rise to multiple umbels

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a proliferation of umbels

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fractal bloom

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what the … fractal!

Geek out on fractals here.

Pictures taken June 2014 in Plano, Texas