Chapter 10: Processes of Perception and Analysis

Section 8: Auditory Perception

Nested vibrations

With an assembly of springs arranged in a nested pattern simple initial excitations can yield motion that shows nested behavior in time. If the standard methodology of mechanics is followed, and the system is analyzed in terms of normal modes, then the spectrum of possible frequencies can look complicated, just as in the examples on page 586. (Similar considerations apply to the motion of quantum mechanical electrons in nested potentials.)

From Stephen Wolfram: A New Kind of Science [citation]