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Van Gogh and Turbulence

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Turbulence is one of the great unsolved mysteries of classical mechanics. Many physicists and engineers have spent their careers trying to further our understanding of the subject and find the mathematical pattern that underlies its complex motions. But understanding turbulence and representing it artistically may be two different things. This video discusses some neat research that found that some of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings, like “The Starry Night”, display mathematical patterns like those of turbulence. (Video credit: TED Ed)

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