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Saidi Ngutu

Water, Sanitation and Environmental Engineer, Netwas International

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Why are man-made creations so symmetrical?

Why is this world so symmetrical, have you ever thought about it? Nature and all man-made things have to be symmetrical. Did 'God' have an obsession with symmetry which has translated to everything we create? Is it because our minds, symmetrical in nature, can only understand objects in symmetry?

This idea has troubled and puzzles me everywhere I turn. As i write this, my laptop, my phone the plate next to me, the bottle of coke on my table all this objects are so symmetrical yet each unique in its own way serving a different purpose. Maybe something beyond us created this universe of things so symmetrical that's why we are obsessed with perfection, thrive in order, and relate to the normal of symmetry.

I am quite new at TED and was wondering if anyone has ever explored this peculiar existence that cuts through nature and the man-made objects.

Topics: philosophy

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  • Oct 21 2012: The Fibonacci sequence is a particular set of numbers derived from the Fibonacci polynomial. This polynomial is a differential equation. Differential equations are used in biology to model dynamic systems (those whose rate of function changes as the function proceeds). Interestingly, the physical constraints which dictates how the rate of a biological function changes is related to the process of diffusion. All living things are composed of cells and all cells carry out internal processes which largely depend on passive diffusion (though there are internal "shuttles" for some substances).

    In summation the apparent symmetry and mathematical regularity of our natural world is due to the particular set of physical rules that our universe seems to exhibit.

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