in #science6 years ago


In mathematics a fractal is an abstract object used to describe and simulate naturally occurring objects. Artificially created fractals commonly exhibit similar patterns at increasingly small scales. It is also known as expanding symmetry or evolving symmetry. If the replication is exactly the same at every scale, it is called a self-similar pattern.

An example of this is the Menger Sponge. Fractals can also be nearly the same at different levels. This latter pattern is illustrated in small magnifications of the Mandelbrot set. Fractals also include the idea of a detailed pattern that repeats itself.

Approximate fractals found in nature display self-similarity over extended, but finite, scale ranges. The connection between fractals and leaves, for instance, is currently being used to determine how much carbon is contained in trees.[48] Phenomena known to have fractal features include:

River networks
Fault lines
Mountain ranges
Lightning bolts
Mountain goat horns
Geometrical optics
Animal coloration patterns
Romanesco broccoli
Heart rates
Heart sounds
Psychological subjective perception
Blood vessels and pulmonary vessels
Ocean waves
Soil pores
Rings of Saturn
Surfaces in turbulent flows


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An example of 3d fractal.

Awesome, thanks for sharing! :)

And some real world example. Astonishing view of icelandic glaciers.

Just purely beautiful!

The fractal work that amazes me much. I thought it's some macro photography from the first sight.

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Wow, thank you for sharing! :)

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post :)

You're very welcome! :)

During my university years (Math & Computer Science), I was totally fascinated by fractals. I even learned how to code my own fractal painting software. Fractals are quite amazing, and as you pointed out, they're everywhere in nature, all around us. Z = Z^2 + C, bye

Fractals are so beautiful. Do you have any input on their relationship to the Golden Ratio? I covered that topic in a post and would love to know what you think!

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