What is a fractal?

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This is a simple question with a very complicated (and very long) answer. A technical answer, while accurate, doesn’t help much because it uses other fractalspeak jargon that few people understand, so I won’t even give that definition here.

The simple answer is that a fractal is a shape that, when you look at a small part of it, has a similar (but not necessarily identical) appearance to the full shape. Take, for example, a rocky mountain. From a distance, you can see how rocky it is; up close, the surface is very similar. Little rocks have a similar bumpy surface to big rocks and to the overall mountain. [fractalus]

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Posted: April 18th, 2008
at 12:29am by Koookiecrumbles


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