If you are fortunate enough to share a neighborhood with a leafy elm, a gnarly oak, a soaring redwood, take another look at its silhouette against the sky. That self-similar 4-D explosion of branching branches is a clue to a cosmic riddle or two and a key concept in fields as unrelated as vascular surgery and software design.

The Buddha knew this, and so do neurologists, database programmers, and mythologists.

taken from Howard Rheingold’s The Shape of the Universe, you can read the rest by clicking here

image: mu, by Charles Jeffrey Danoff, cca. Spring 2008, public domain