I created a visual puzzle, which my wife then implemented as part of a stained-glass window. I've no idea if it is (a) obvious, (b) stupid or hopefully (c) extremely clever, and hence would love to hear your opinion.

Here's a photo. What does it represent?

Order and Chaos

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    $\begingroup$ "as part of a stained-glass window"... does the "part" that is your puzzle exactly correspond to the picture? $\endgroup$ Sep 16 '14 at 12:48
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    $\begingroup$ @EnvisionAndDevelop: yes, the photo is just a part of the whole window. The whole window is much larger, with this photo being roughly the top-right quarter. The other three-quarters of the window is not relevant to the puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – MattClarke
    Sep 17 '14 at 0:24
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    $\begingroup$ Hey, come up with some more of these! $\endgroup$
    – d'alar'cop
    Nov 1 '14 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ I thought it was a green elephant with blue clothes and a yellow crown, LOL. $\endgroup$ Jan 27 '15 at 12:51
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    $\begingroup$ @AlwaysConfused - it is a decimal point $\endgroup$
    – MattClarke
    Jun 3 '20 at 23:16

Solved it! Spoilers ahead:

Superposition of blue and yellow

It's a combination of two numbers represented in yellow and blue panes, with green panes indicating where they overlap. The blue panes give the digits of $\pi$ (3, 1, 4, 1, 5, 9, 2, 6, 5) and the yellow panes are the digits of the first Feigenbaum constant (4, 6, 6, 9, 2, 0, 1, 6, 1).

P.S. I think this window is brilliant :-)

  • $\begingroup$ indeed. interesting puzzle! +1 to both $\endgroup$
    – Rafe
    Sep 16 '14 at 15:26
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    $\begingroup$ and what does red point mean? $\endgroup$
    – klm123
    Sep 16 '14 at 15:31
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    $\begingroup$ @klm123 The two numbers relate to the title of this question, and as Rafe suggested, the red dot marks the starting point (or perhaps a decimal point). $\endgroup$
    – r3mainer
    Sep 16 '14 at 15:33
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the compliment @squeamishossifrage. I only wish it had taken you a bit longer to decipher -- I thought it was a harder puzzle than that! And yes, I think of the red dot as a decimal point. $\endgroup$
    – MattClarke
    Sep 17 '14 at 0:29
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    $\begingroup$ Bah! Tau is better! $\endgroup$
    – bjb568
    Nov 2 '14 at 4:36

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