Self-Organising Patterns

What is striking is these things [patterns in nature, e.g. fish stripes] do look like something that has been crafted. We are conditioned to think that a pattern needs a patterner and so at first glance it seems incredible to us that nature is able to do this, without any sort of blueprint, without any sort of plan. These patterns organise themselves, that is the amazing thing.

~ Philip Ball (1962 age:55), quantum physicist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1969