Wroughton Mathematicians are perplexed
after a highly complex crop circle appeared in a Wiltshire field - depicting a
fundamental mathematical symbol.
The circle is, apparently, a coded image
representing a complex mathematical number — the first ten digits of pi — and
even astrophysicists admit they find it “mind-boggling”.
The circular pattern was created in a barley field
near Barbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort, earlier this month.
Measuring around 46m (150ft) in diameter, it has had
crop circle enthusiasts and experts stumped.
The symbol was identified eventually by Mike Reed, a
retired astrophysicist who contacted Lucy Pringle, a crop circle photographer
and expert, with an explanation.
Maths codes and geometric patterns have long been an
important factor in crop circle formations — one of the most famous formations
ever created showed the image of a complex set of fractals known as The Julia
Set, in a field near Stonehenge, 12 years ago.
Lucy Pringle, who researches the effects of
electromagnetic fields on living systems and crop formations and has the largest
database of crop circles in the world said of the phenomenon: “This is an
astounding development — it is a seminal event.”
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