The platonics

Curled rag paper on paper

How is it possible that organic structures can be so complex? How is it possible that a language with an alphabet of only four ‘letters’ can code for all the differences in organisms? These objects, reminiscent of organic forms, are created from the five platonic solids – simple three-dimensional structures where each facet: a triangle, square or pentagon, is identical. Each form is layered with an easily described repeating paper shape. In The platonics, two uncomplicated codes working together produce differentiation, complexity and beauty. With an average of 20 000 or so genes per organism, the possibilities for life are endless.

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by Liz Shreeve