Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fractals: Baroque Mandelbrot Zoom

I have been fascinated by fractals for years. I can't explain it, but the Fractal Foundation can (below). Here is a video of an ever and ever progressing fractal pattern. Take a look. Makes you think, doesn't it?


A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems - the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals - such as the Mandelbrot Set - can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over.
For a simple description of fractals, please download our “One Pager” (380Kb).
For more detailed info, please download our 20 page “Educators’ Guide” (7.5Mb).

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