From Derek Lowe’s excellent blog, we see this fascinating bit of the intersectionality of math, chemistry, and biology.
Now what, you are asking yourself, does all this have to do with chemistry or biology? Well. . .if Grover-algorithmic processing is some sort of fundamental property of nature, then you might expect the genetic material to be synthesized most efficiently when the machinery has a choice of four different nucleotides. And when translating these into proteins, a triplet code (which requires three processing steps) would function most efficiently when working with a palette of 20 amino acids. I will admit to being unusually susceptible to ideas like this, but that makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
It’s almost like there’s a well-oiled design lurking beneath the surface and we’re only starting to fully understand it. it will be fascinating to see what else we learn as science matures.
Math as art: “Frost City” is one of my fractal pieces, explored, rendered, and colored in Apophysis 7X.