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They Shall Know You By Your Gait

random walks of simple rectangular shapes


A random walk is a meandering pattern with no set structure. The first recorded random walk—kind of—was made by John Venn (of the famous Diagrams) in his 1888 book The Logic of Chance (specifically the third edition).


Well, it wasn’t quite random, as it used the digits of pi rather than true randomness. (Each number, 0 to 9 [about which more later],stood for a specific direction to move the line from one spot to the next.) The digits of pi are unpredictable, yes, but only the first time. One you go through the exercise of calculati