The scientific intuition to Ganesha idol


As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality~Albert Einstein

The deterministic world

Gravity, electricity, magnetism, chemical reactions constitute the deterministic aspect of physical sciences. With a certain set of Mathematical equations, these can be quantified.

Yet most of the observable creation looks chaotic. Most of the shapes and patterns in the creation exhibit a great degree of indeterminism. There are infinitely complex patterns in the creation such as our nervous system, giant and complex shapes in the cosmos, clouds, mountains, trees etc. Moreover, these patterns are too difficult to decipher with traditional mathematical and physical Laws.

The fractal world and Ganesha idol

However, one mathematician named Mandelbrot thought differently. With simple mathematical equations, he recreated most of the complex geometries in nature. These geometries called Fractals are infinitely complex and yet, every part is a reflection of the whole. This phenomenon is known as self-similarity, observable in deterministic as well as indeterministic creation. In the former, the geometry of atoms resembles a striking similarity with the geometry of Galaxies. However, in the latter, when the minuscule was recreated the below shape was assumed.

If you observe the image, it has a striking resemblance with the Ganesha idol. Many Indian traditions regard Ganesha as the creator himself. There might be a reason why the great saint Ramdas composed the following verses.

गणाधीश जो ईश सर्वा गुणांचा ।
मुळारंभ आरंभ तो निर्गुणाचा ॥

Let’s pray the god Ganapati, who is the leader of all, who is the lord of virtues (Uttam gun), who is starting element of non-physical existence (nirgun).


I conclusion, I am in no position to take a call, whether the above is absolutely true. Yet it is evident that the creation is too complex, wonderful, chaotic all at a time. Nonetheless, there is a reason why Albert Einstein quoted:

“We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library, whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different languages. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend but only dimly suspects.”

May Lord Ganesha bestow upon us the wisdom and intellect to decipher this utterly chaotic yet wonderful creation.


Also, read: Dashavtaras: The Indian allegory to Science of evolution

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Prasad Kulkarni is a Data and Analytics professional. At work, he analyses historical data and ponders over historical events otherwise.

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