We cannot be certain what gives us the appetite for order, but we can be certain that it was there from the beginning – whatever cosmogony we ascribe to. We all appreciate an ordered life with not too many surprises. Life is not possible without order. Life has to be ordered so as to be spontaneous.

Symmetry must rank highly as one of the chief mysteries in this impulse for order. The symmetrical arrangement of elements within the same systems tends towards balance, which is symmetry, and flowers express a plethora of beautiful symmetries, the most predominant of which, especially in wild flowers, ...


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