Fractal patterns are fascinating; something that links mathematics, nature and the idea of interconnectedness.
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.
A clip from the full documentary below shows how measuring just one single tree in a forest in width and length, then measuring the carbon produced by one leaf can give an estimation of how fractal geometry reveals the underlying order of the forest as a whole. This can help towards climate change and give a greater understanding of how forests live and breathe and their impact in our world.
Images of Fractals we all know but might not recognise:
“Think not of what you see, but what it took to produce what you see.”
Romanesco broccoli found in a supermarket in France
Math in art – Hokusai’s “The Wave – It’s not just scientists and mathematicians who appreciate and use fractals, Hokusai used various mathematical elements in the image below, including basing the waves on circles and using fractal-like patterns forming the fingers of the waves.