Hofstadter's butterfly is both beautiful and a stunning fractal pattern that describes the behaviour of electrons in a magnetic field. Photo: SMP Hofstadter's butterfly is both beautiful and a stunning fractal pattern that describes the behaviour of electrons in a magnetic field. Photo: SMP
Hofstadter's butterfly is both beautiful and a stunning fractal pattern that describes the behaviour of electrons in a magnetic field. Photo: SMP

Scientist Hofstadter dreams of butterflies and other odd things

Scientist Douglas Hofstadter creates a spectrum of electron energy levels and then goes on to ponder artificial intelligence and the nature of self

Hofstadter's butterfly is both beautiful and a stunning fractal pattern that describes the behaviour of electrons in a magnetic field. Photo: SMP Hofstadter's butterfly is both beautiful and a stunning fractal pattern that describes the behaviour of electrons in a magnetic field. Photo: SMP
Hofstadter's butterfly is both beautiful and a stunning fractal pattern that describes the behaviour of electrons in a magnetic field. Photo: SMP
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