You’d have to have lived under a rock for your entire life never to have seen Van Gogh’s infamous ‘Starry Night’ painting.

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There’s no doubt that there’s something magical, whimsical and beautiful about the picture, but what if there’s more to it than that? Now, scientists believe that the painting could hold the key to one of the natural world’s greatest mysteries.

Watch the incredible explanation right here:

So, you see, the bizarre and manic artist had cracked the code long before the world of science caught up.

Turbulence is one of the hardest things for both mathematicians and scientists to understand. For years, people have struggled to understand this complicated phenomenon. What they do know is that the concept of fluid dynamics is unique in the fact that it has frequent property changes. While scientists are still scratching their heads, it seems that Van Gogh understood this idea over 100 years ago!

While it is hard to explain this complex theory through math or science, art can give us a visual of what is actually happening. For example, take a look at this picture:

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With this visual aid, it’s pretty simple to see how the concept of turbulence works and what’s happening above us in the skies!

Now, scientists have begun to analyze Van Gogh’s work, and discovered that the man had a thorough grasp on the notion when he painted ‘Starry Night.’ That in itself is simply astounding, since he had no formal education and, from what we know, was not a man of science or logic. It just goes to show that, in the battle of science and art, there are times when art will always win.