Saturday, July 7, 2007

fractals...

From Wikipedia...
"In colloquial usage, a fractal is "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be subdivided in parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole". The term was coined by BenoƮt Mandelbrot in 1975 and was derived from the Latin fractus meaning "broken" or "fractured".

Because they appear similar at all levels of magnification, fractals are often considered to be infinitely complex (in informal terms). Natural objects that approximate fractals to a degree include clouds, mountain ranges, lightning bolts, coastlines, and snow flakes. However, not all self-similar objects are fractals—for example, the real line (a straight Euclidean line) is formally self-similar but fails to have other fractal characteristics."

Ok...I don't think I understand it any better, now, but I've been having some fun with this after seeing the works that Cathy did on her Deviant Art account, and downloading a program from here...(and getting some pointers from Cathy on how to get started, as well).

Oh...and I also had some inspiration from my son Michael...here's one of his....



Interesting fact from Wikipedia...

Fractal patterns have been found in the paintings of American artist Jackson Pollock. While Pollock's paintings appear to be composed of chaotic dripping and splattering, computer analysis has found fractal patterns in his work.

1 comment:

kateri said...

How interesting about POllack!

Is the yours in the top photo? That is SO beautiful! When I look at it I imagine finding a mysterious stone and cracking it open to find that inside...