Microscopic images of colonies of the microogranism Agrobacterium tumefaciens (in white) mixed with other microorganisms growing on agar plates. The different colonies show that diverse growth patterns can emerge in a simple experiment. The random distribution but orderly arrangement of the five pictures (repeated sixteen times) is an allegory of the interplay between randomness and determinism in the organization of living systems. The human mind – with its limited perception – cannot make sense of this chaos, except with approximate predictions.
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