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RE: Fractals and Crop Circles???


From: Sears, Ellen (ESears_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 17:12:48 PDT

Fractals - the patterns of chaos... discovering a new aesthetic of art,
science and nature by John Briggs

and By Nature's Design - text by Pat Murphy - an Exploratorium Book

These are two good resources - developed in the mid 1970's by Benoit
Mandelbrot - It is a geometry that can analyze, quantify nature's irregular
patterns (clouds, mountain peaks, fern leaves...)

Not every irregular shape is a fractal - it must be self - similar

check for Mandelbrot sets...Julia sets... Hilbert curve... Koch's snowflake
or island..... Cantor dust...
Serpinski's triangle -

Many of the images have appeared in Chinese woodcuts and Western art for

Quilter's Newsletter Magazine did an article on fractal quilts a couple of
years ago -