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Fractal shapes and the natural world

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By Kenneth Falconer


Fractal shapes, as visualizations of mathematical equations, are astounding to look at. But fractals look even more amazing in their natural element—and that happens to be in more places than you might think.




Kenneth Falconer is a mathematician who specializes in Fractal Geometry and related topics. He is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of St. Andrews and a member of the Analysis Research Group of the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Kenneth’s main research interests are in fractal and multifractal geometry, geometric measure theory and related areas. He has published over 100 papers in mathematical journals. He is author of Fractals: A Very Short Introduction.

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Image credits:
Snowflake: Creative commons via Gui Seiz Flickr
Romanesco broccoli: Feliciano Guimaraes. Creative commons via Feliciano Guimaraes Flickr
Pine cone: Photo by Don Miller. Creative commons via Don Miller Flickr
Peacock: Photo by Bill Dolak. Creative commons via Bill Dolak Flickr
Lightning: Photo by John Fowler. Creative Commons License via snowpeak Flickr
Trees: Photo by Petteri Sulonen. Creative commons via PrimeJunta Flickr
Neurons: Photo by Jason Snyder. Creative commons via Functional Neurogenesis Flickr
Fractals in mountains: Creative commons via NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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