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        The Botany of Desire | Beauty: Patterns in Nature

        Explore how people perceive beauty by observing geometric shapes in plants and flowers, studying different kinds of patterns in nature, and using natural forms as an inspiration to create art. Students will use computer-generated images of fractals and tessellations to create objects possessing the characteristics they deem beautiful. As a culmination, students will participate in a hands-on simulation that demonstrates how human preferences for "beauty" and the mechanisms of natural selection have led to an increased frequency of particular traits expressed in the gene pool of a species.

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