fractal fractal  /f ˈræk təl/

Definition(s):

  • (n) (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry

Usage(s):

  1. The mind is the grandest, most mysterious fractal.
  2. Even the fractal and chaos theorists would be nowhere without computer simulation.
  3. When Hugo sets off on a string of imagery, the associations never seem to stop: they grow and replicate, spawning variations--a fractal imagination with no final term.

News

  1. Pure Emergence: Tom Beddard’s Amazing Fractal Architecture

    Though we have previously covered the amazing fractal creations of Tom Beddard, we thought it would be worth revisiting his work to find some examples of his architectural explorations. As we’ve discussed many times, parametric modeling is becoming more popular in the architecture world, thanks largely to Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects. While many amazing projects have resulted from ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Gizmodo

  2. Fractal patterns spontaneously emerge during bacterial cell growth

    Despite bacterial colonies always forming circular shapes as they grow, their cells form internal divisions which are highly asymmetrical and branched. These fractal (self-similar) patterns are due to the physical forces and local instabilities that are a natural part of bacterial cell growth, a new study reveals. The research has important implications for the emerging field of synthetic biology.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  3. Fractal Analytics Recognized as Fastest 50 Asian American Businesses

    Fractal Analytics, the most global provider of analytics, has been named a Fast 50 Asian American Business by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce . This recognition spotlights the outstanding ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

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Quotes

  1. "Fractals are large, irregular geometric patterns made up of infinitely smaller, but identical, irregular patterns," said Peitgen. "Fractal theory provided an appropriate platform upon which to build the software program because the ducts...
    on Jul 18, 2006 By: Heinz-Otto Peitgen Source: Newswise (press release)

  2. "When you look at things in nature like the branches of a tree that aren't symmetrical -- but yet there is a logic, an order to them -- there's a kind of fractal theory that helps describe and define that scientifically," Bloom says. "I think...
    on Feb 24, 2005 By: Jane Ira Bloom Source: Lawrence.com

  3. "The fractal criteria give no information about authenticity," says Krauss.
    on Nov 7, 2007 By: Lawrence Krauss Source: New Scientist (subscription)

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