# Articles sur Patterns

## How the zebrafish got its stripes

Zebrafish are known for their black and gold stripes, but researchers are still figuring out how pigment cells interact to form these patterns.

## How animals got their spots and stripes – according to maths

A mathematician has joined the dots between Alan Turing and chasing cells to find out how skin patterns are formed.

## Did artists lead the way in mathematics?

Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different. But a trip through history – from an Islamic palace to Pollock's paintings – proves the parallels between the two can be uncanny.

## Fractal patterns in nature and art are aesthetically pleasing and stress-reducing

Fractals are patterns that repeat at increasingly fine magnifications. They turn up in the natural world and in artists' work. Research suggests they contribute to making something aesthetically appealing.

## Psychotextiles could be next big thing in fabrics

Welcome to the world of cloths and materials that change depending on your mood.

## The maths behind ‘impossible’ never-repeating patterns

Many scientists didn't believe that crystals made up of never-repeating patterns could exist. But they do and scientists are starting to understand the weird maths behind them.

## How a simple observation from the 1800s about patterns in big data sets can fight fraud

The first digits of numbers in a data set aren't distributed equally. And now you know more than a lot of fraudsters do – and should – when they're making up their phony numbers.

## Patterns are math we love to look at

When you see a repeating pattern, your mind easily imagines it continuing to infinity. There are mathematical rules behind the intriguing visuals.

## Why predicting a flu outbreak is like betting on football or flipping a coin

Predicting infectious disease outbreaks is a tricky task to begin with. And it's made harder still by the fact that any individual outcome is subject to unpredictable – or stochastic – effects.

## Don’t know how to get your kid to do math? Try patterns

Patterns are simple sequences that repeat over and over again in a certain order. Supporting children's ability to recognize patterns can improve mathematical skills.

## Origami: mathematics in creasing

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. One uncut square of paper can, in the hands of an origami artist, be folded into a bird, a frog, a sailboat, or a Japanese samurai helmet beetle. Origami…

## An icicle’s rippling effect

Canadian physicists have answered the mystery behind how ripples are formed on the surface of icicles, which remarkably have…