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Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns on Wired Science

Wired Science is always a great source for cool photos of science in action. And in this case, some Math thrown in too; via Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns:

The mathematical beauty of fractals is that infinite complexity is formed with relatively simple equations. By iterating or repeating fractal-generating equations many times, random outputs create beautiful patterns that are unique, yet recognizable.

We have pulled together some of the most stunning natural examples we could find of fractals on our planet.

see them all at Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns | Wired Science | Wired.com.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

One thought on “Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns on Wired Science

  1. These are all great fractals, but not too long ago a group of researches discovered a fractal arrangement of oxygen atoms in their copper oxide superconductor. What they found was that the higher the resolution at which the fractal could still be seen directly correlated with the materials ability to super conduct – An intriging result. No one really knows what it could lead to, but they theorise that what is happening is that the fractal arrangement is preserving the quantum coherence (a vital aspect of superconductivity). If they’re right, it could be a fantastic discovery.

    I wrote a blog on the discovery whilst also noting down some of the pasts amusement with fractals, the golden ratio etc. I’ve heard it’s a good read 🙂
    http://sacrit.blogspot.com/2010/09/our-universe-elegant-fractal.html

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