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Preface > About the Front Cover: Fractal Art

About the Front Cover: Fractal Art

The cover of this book features a fractal—a geometric figure that can be generated from a pattern repeated recursively. The figure is modified by applying the pattern to each segment of the original figure. Although these figures were studied before the 20th century, it was the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, who in the 1970s introduced the term “fractal,” along with the specifics of how a fractal is created and the practical applications of fractals. Fractal geometry provides mathematical models for many complex forms found in nature, such as mountains, clouds and coastlines. Fractals can also be used to understand systems or patterns that appear in nature (e.g., ecosystems), in the human body (e.g., in the folds of the brain), or in the universe (e.g., galaxy clusters). Not al....Section 9.9.


  

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