Lovely science coverage in the NTY: Seashells

Just a quick mention. The NYT has a photo-heavy article on seashells, vaguely related to a book named, "The Book of Shells" by M. G. Harasewych and Fabio Moretzsohn. I like the elegant Crispate Scissurelle (Anatoma Crispata) and the stunningly beautiful Matchless Cone (Conus Cedonulli.

Looking at these pictures, I couldn't help but think about complexity how recursion so beautifully addresses such problems. Recursion gives you simplicity and complexity: that there is some small amount of code being executed to create these shapes, ordering vast numbers of molecules into a coherent shape.

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