Ami Mehta-Swiss Science Slam


Congratulations to our PhD Scholar, Ami Mehta. She is the second runner up of the Swiss Science Slam. She explained her research work on fabrication of nature-inspired patterns for biomimicry through dance and a poem.

Here is the poem:

Fractals are SMART (Science, Math and Art)

I came across a design,
Self-similar and narcissist,
Neither half, nor whole – just fractional.
Repeats and repeats beyond our imagination
Seems like a favourite of nature too.

I came across a design,
Confusing yet interesting complex
Mendelbrot developed an equation – that iterates and re-iterates to the same pattern,
Seems like a favourite of mathematicians too.

I came across a design,
Beautiful and bizzare.
Simple pattern repeating endlessly until the canvas runs out of space,
Seems like a favourite of artists too.

I came across a design,
Random and everywhere in this universe.
Remarkable are the ways of nature,
Spirals, branches, rivers, hexagons, snowflakes, blood vessels, neurons
And the list is endless.

P.S. If you read carefully, the poem is also a fractal. The last line loops back to the first line.

Research scholar: Ami Mehta

Supervisors: Prof. Prasanna Gandhi, Prof. Prakriti Tayalia & Nicolas Voelcker

Contact details: ami.mehta@monash.edu

Watch her presentation on ‘Fabrication of nature-inspired patterns for biomimicry’ which won her the award: