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A Mathematical Nature Walk by John Adam

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imagesIn the garden

In this section we start to focus more on real-world problems, having “primed the modeling pump,” so to speak. I have learned to notice many things in the garden, while at the same time conveniently missing others, such as the length of the grass…

Q.25: Why can I see the “whole universe” in my garden globe? [color plate]

To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour…

—William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”

 

I have a hollow, slightly mirrored glass garden globe, about a foot in diameter. Gazing at it, I can see a reflection of the sky around and ...

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