What? A Fractal!

One a month is not enough. You will hear from me twice a month.

The discovery of the fractal and fractal geometry is considered by many to be one of the important discoveries of our time, yet most of us are unfamiliar with what a fractal is. The simplest and most basic description of a fractal is an object characterized by the repetition of similar patterns at ever diminishing scales. A fern is an excellent example of a natural fractal. Each small leaflet is similar in shape to the branch it is a part of and the branch resembles the entire plant.

We are not only unfamiliar with what fractals are but how their geometry can be applied. It has applications in a myriad of disciplines. Scientists use fractal geometry in medicine, predictive geology and botany. Engineers and mathematicians use it for computer algorithms and in manufacturing. Economists use fractal geometry in chaos theory and therefore predictive modeling. Social scientists use fractal geometry to explain the behavior of cultures and their development. Contemporary computer artists generate beautiful, complex fractal images.

This blog will familiarize you with fractals and how to identify them. You will learn the five components of a fractal. Then you will see how artists use fractals and how fractals can relate math to our everyday environment.

Blog Posts

Once a month I will send out a fascinating email that will give you new and interesting information about fractals.

The majority of these posts will draw from my thesis, “The Art of Fractals for the Mathematically Challenged”. I am fascinated with fractals but by no means can compute the math.

Blog 1…. here we go!!

One of the most difficult things about being an artist is coming up with new and interesting ideas that are engaging to work on that are artistic and emotional things of beauty. This means that searching for inspiration in an ongoing endeavor for most artists. It was during one such search that I stumbled upon a fractal. There it was on my computer screen, a thing of beauty. I had never seen one and had no idea of how it was created. I wanted, I needed,  to know more. Thus began an ongoing exploration into what many consider to be one of the most significant discoveries of our time, the fractal and fractal geometry. The purpose of this blog is to explain what a fractal is, what they can do, why we like them, where they are found and their effects on the world of art.