Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nature's Fractals - Romanesco

Nature's Fractals - Romanesco, originally uploaded by sarahahmed.

After the last post on fractals, I was tempted to do a little more research into them. Here is the official definition of a fractal (from Mandelbrot-the guy who named the phenomenon):
"a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole".

Fractals happen in nature all the time-a good example is romanesco broccoli (posted on Flickr by sarahahmed). Since fractals are mathematical equations (and because they're pretty), people like to write software that can make them. If you're interested in such things, here is a list of fractal-generating software.

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