Boring things that fascinate me #143: exponential growth. Did you know that if it were possible to fold a sheet of paper over on itself a hundred times, it would end up being about as thick as the known universe? It’s true!

The above image started as a scan of an old shoelace, sections of which I symmetrically copied, rotated, copied, rotated and so on. The final image at the bottom uses 850,000 copies of the original scan.

Wake up! I’m finished.


5 thoughts on “071

  1. Okay, I don’t know if this is the right place or not, if it isn’t then please forgive me. But I think you might enjoy another source for your creativity.

    I would like to shamelessly, and openly advertise a new creative blog for people of imagination that I’m starting. It’s called Creagination. Come by, take a look, and tell me what you think.


  2. Marvelous! This has to be my favorite this month and it all stems from a shoelace scan. I’m not sure how this relates to exponential growth but that was an interesting read….

  3. Wow, I love geometrical patterns! No, I really do. I used to get a book out from the library when I was about 12/13 called, fittingly, “Geometrical Patterns” and just stare, fascinated, at all the colourful patterns. I would then try to copy them (very ineptly) with my compass. No one else ever got a look-in when it came to that book – I just kept renting it out. Then again, I suspect no one else wanted a look-in.

    Anyhow, I’m with Josh – I like it very much.

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