Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pictures from a Fractal Dimension

Back in the days when USENET was USENET, I collected a lot of fractal pictures; from alt.math if my memory serves me right. The year should be 1998. The term fractal was coined by Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975, with the Latin root "fractus" meaning broken or fractured and many did not hesitate to slip into the fractal dimension in the newsgroups.

Then occurred a frenzy of posting fractals, geometric shapes based on iterative equations where each part was a reduced copy of the whole. Here is a small selection from my favorites:

fractal jungle 

fractal bluebird 

fractal demon 

fractal fetus 

fractal napkins 

fractal poem 
A poem

fractal snail 
Hope you enjoy them.


Intelligence said...

Wow those are all so beautiful. I've never heard of fractal before.

Archiver said...

Yes, they are beautiful. Collecting them was not so easy, though. Picking them up one by one in Usenet with a 14.4 kbps modem was quite a challenge.

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