I always thought that ray diagrams from old books about optics and reflectors were so fractally beautiful, which is why this post relates for me. Â What I mean is below, from an old text that I still use to explain reflectors:
This is a story about a guy who had to overcome some pretty stupid and mean business to discover that his brain was able to recreate fractals that were mathematically accurate – when he draws them by hand.
Meet the work of Mr. Jason Padgett, a mathematical savant. Â It’s just three minutes, you have the time. Â Sorry it’s a Fox News clip, at least it’s a local station:
This guy took a blow to the back of the skull which damaged his brain. Â This damage caused the brain to compensate in such a way that gave Jason Padgett the ability to literally “see” math. Â I mean, neurons are essentially firing light anyway, now Jason’s mind can interpret the synesthesia he’s experiencing. Â That’s like being able to instantly and accurately interpret dreams. Â How amazing is that?! Â Someone grab this guy and start having him revolutionize battery storage and solar generation efficiency!
Check out some of Jason’s work, all obviously copyright Jason Padgett. Â This stuff is gonna blow your mind – at least that’s my hope for this Crazy Friday Science post!
This first image is awesome – it’s Jason’s representation of a double-slit refraction test: