24 October 2005

Fractal Food

Good God. This is cool (but ignore the screensaver, it sucks). -M

Fractal forms--complex shapes which look more or less the same at a wide variety of scale factors, are everywhere in nature. From the fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background radiation to the coastlines of continents, courses of rivers, clouds in the sky, branches of plants and veins in their leaves, blood vessels in the lung, and the shape of seashells and snowflakes, these fractal or self-similar patterns abound. The self-similarity of most of these patterns is defined only in a statistical sense: while the general "roughness" is about the same at different scales, you can't extract a segment, blow it up, and find a larger scale segment which it matches precisely.


Blogger Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

Fractal patterns and that sort of thing in nature is so interesting; it's really cool the way a lot of things tend to form those sorts of patterns.

12:13 PM, October 24, 2005  
Blogger Lee H. said...

GOOD GOD this is cool.

The large version of that pic is stunning... you DO see the pattern no matter where you look.

The band Coil did a song called "Broccoli," based on the idea that broccoli and mushrooms both have fibrous, fractal type construction, and thus both could impart "information" to you if you eat them. Or something like that.

8:55 PM, October 26, 2005  

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