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Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.

Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random.

A potent theory has emerged explaining a mysterious statistical law that arises throughout physics and mathematics.

All complex correlated systems, from Arctic melt ponds to the Internet, appear to be governed by the same math as a random matrix.