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If you look up "spreadsheet art" on the net, you will find lots of examples of images created by people filling in square-shaped cells with colours, apparently "by hand', one cell at a time.

It is also possible to create art-like images in spreadsheets by using formulae and ,if available, conditional formating.

In the above example, the first few lines were started by using the RAND() function to put a random pattern of "1's" and "0's" in this area. (I converted these to colours later)

The trochus shell-like pattern was produced by rows where each cell contains an IF function. Whether each of these cells places a "1" or a "0" depends on the contents of the three cells immediately above. You may note there are 8 possible combinations there, 000, 001, 010, etc. I will let you figure out the IF formula I used repeatedly in this case.

In Excel, it is possible to change the whole random pattern merely by adding more numbers to the spreadsheetsheet. The interesting thing about this sort of spreadsheet is that while the individual cells below change, the overall type of pattern remains the same.

Is it too far-fetched to imagine that this forms a model for the way God creates order out of chaos?

If you are interested, you can find out more about this sort of thing at http://www.wolframscience.com/ Wolfram uses Mathematica, a more complicated piece of software he has developed.

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Thanks for adding this discussion, Des. Any art form related to science interests me. I visited the website. I have seen some artists creating art works using scientific methods. I only use science themes to paint pictures. If You see my blogs here, there seems to be quite an interest in creating art based on science. Till it doesn't go to ridiculous proportions , it is okay.
Krishna

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