Cyclic Symmetric Multi-Scale Turing Patterns

Jonathan McCabe
Proceedings of Bridges 2010: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2010)
Pages 387–390 Short Papers


In his 1952 paper “The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis” Alan Turing suggested that a system of chemical substances, reacting together and diffusing through a tissue, would account for the generation of patterns in multicellular organisms. In this paper a simplified computer model is derived from his idea, successively elaborated and used for the production of artworks reminiscent of electron microscope images of diatoms.