Why can we find geometric shapes in the night sky? How can we know that at least two people in London have exactly the same number of hairs on their head? And why can patterns be found in just about any text — even Vanilla Ice lyrics? Is there a deeper meaning? 

The answer is no, and we know that thanks to a mathematical principle called Ramsey theory. So what is Ramsey theory? Simply put, it states that given enough elements in a set or structure, some particular interesting pattern among them is guaranteed to emerge.

The mathematician T.S. Motzkin once remarked that, “while disorder is more probable in general, complete disorder is impossible.” The sheer size of the Universe guarantees that some of its random elements will fall into specific arrangements, and because we evolved to notice patterns and pick out signals among the noise, we are often tempted to find intentional meaning where there may not be any. So while we may be awed by hidden messages in everything from books, to pieces of toast, to the night sky, their real origin is usually our own minds.

From the TED-Ed Lesson The origin of countless conspiracy theories - PatrickJMT

Animation by Aaron, Sean & Mathias Studios


Steven Universe – Crystal Deco Gems

You can get it as all kinds of fabric, wrapping paper, even wallpaper over in my Spoonflower shop ( x )!

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10% of every purchase you make of these patterns goes directly toward keeping a transmasculine student (ie me) in school! 

I have a few other designs in my shop, some waiting to be proofed. Want to see something else? Drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do, or commission me directly to ensure it gets done! 

n the 1800s, many artists used microscopic algae to create intricate patterns called diatom arrangements. Diatoms are single-cell algae that create their own glass shells, which present a vibrant display of shapes and colors when viewed under a microscope. Source


Nature manifests itself in patterns. The interweaving of math with these patterns produces euphoria

What do you see ? Let use know in the comments :)

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Uncanny Photographs of Iridescent Oil Spills by Fabian Oefner

As part of an ongoing effort to explore the visual effects of iridescence, artist Fabian Oefner (previously) created a new photographic series titled Oil Spill. To create the images he used a syringe to drip small drops of oil into a black reservoir containing water. As the oil expanded into plumes he captured the images you see here reminiscent of giant fires, irises, or exploding stars. You can see more from the series on Behance.