Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Random Science: Better Living Through Fractals

If you have ever wondered why your tiny cell-phone can capture so much 'stuff' out of thin-air, thank the inventor of the fractal antenna - Nathan Cohen.

Background: A fractal is "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole," a property called self-similarity. -- from Wikipedia

If you simply like cool stuff, check out this voyage through a 3D fractal.

James C. Collier


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soso said...

Hypnotic and very Jules Borges falling through the library of babel.
How do they create 3d fractals do you just feed the app the equations like the 2d fractals ?

James C. Collier said...

Soso, I believe you are correct. The maker used a program call Mandelbulb, which creates the fractals and the fhy-throughs.

uglyblackjohn said...

(This seems like a post from CNu at 'subrealism'.)
To my thinking, a 3-D fractal of a spiral is probably the best model of the Universe.

Erik said...

That was pretty trippy!