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Fractals and Fractal Geometry are something that takes a long time to look at and fully appreciate

Fractals are a product of geometry, a branch of mathematics.

The repetitious nature and complex detail found in most fractal geometry is such that it would really take a long time of close observation to fully appreciate this form of art or rather this form of scientific geometric design, based on mathematical and complex computer algorithms.

Fractals can be found in nature, such as the crystal formation of ice in the form of snow flakes or in the basic spiral shape of a sea shell and moreover in the many forms represented in nature.

When you observe a leaf, up close you can see the patterns that make up the shape of a particular leaf and if you look at it closer, through magnification, you will see more and more evidence of very complex structures. The farther inward you look at nature to the very tiny molecular level, you will see that the deeper you look, the more complex forms of patterns that are apparent to the eye.

Another interesting thing to look at are the molecular models that represent complex chemical structures, that provide insight into a particular combination of elements that make up a certain molecular chain or compound.

Most people use the molecular models in 3-D to illustrate the specifics of a given set of molecules that form in nature and other models that represent man-made molecular formations. The complexity of this form of illustration serves to convey information to well informed scientists, of the very nature and structure of molecular formation for the purpose of advancing in scientific discovery.

Chromatography is a good reference to fractals in chemistry


Image Credit » https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2016/10/24/01/56/fractal-1765218_960_720.jpg

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MegL wrote on September 20, 2018, 3:27 AM

Fractal drawings are beautiful to look at but my level of maths is not sufficient to appreciate them mathematically

VinceSummers wrote on September 20, 2018, 1:23 PM

Ever seen Romanesco Cauliflower? https://www.quirkyscience.com/fibonacci-numbers-part-two/?ak_action=reject_mobile

lookatdesktop wrote on September 20, 2018, 1:46 PM

You can enjoy looking at them without having to understand the math behind them I do. I feel like if I like something I can appreciate it without knowing all about it. If I were required to be an expert about things to enjoy them I would be very limited in my enjoyment of things. I feel like people think they have to understand art or nature to enjoy it. Not the case. Enjoy everything you can and never question it. We are not smart enough to fully understand much of what life gives us. I know I am very humble to nature and to the many wonders science has put forth in my life.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 20, 2018, 1:48 PM

I have not seen it before but read your article on Quirky Science and it was a good one. Thank you for sharing a link to your article, Vincent. Sharing is caring. It's a good thing to do.

MegL wrote on September 20, 2018, 4:55 PM

Yes, I have seen the Romanescu, unfortunately, its taste does not match its beauty for me.

VinceSummers wrote on September 20, 2018, 5:50 PM

As is so often the case with food. Yes, beauty is great, but the prime thing is it should make excellent eating.

VinceSummers wrote on September 21, 2018, 1:44 PM

Quite so, Anthony. The thing is, keep trying to understand. A little at a time. A little at a time. Don't give up trying.