DC Mathematica 2017

The Dragon Curve on the front of this year’s edition of Mathematica is a self-similar fractal generated by repeatedly copying the existing pattern and rotating it around by 90 degrees. An iteration was famously included at the start of each chapter of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. Taking a strip of paper and folding it in half to the right as many times as possible before unfolding each joint to a right angle will also generate the first few iterations of the Dragon Curve along the paper’s edge. The Dragon Curve has special significance to Dulwich College since the pattern off dark and light tiling on the outside of The Laboratory follows it- dark tiles for areas of high line density in the fractal and light tiles for areas of low line density.

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Paul Dirac

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