Do you know what a fractal is? Its called SMART, science+math+art. There are natural fractals and artificial fractals. The most well known fractal is the Sierpinski triangle. The rule for the Sierpinski triangle is, each triangle decreases by 1/2 height and 1/2 width. The interesting thing about the Sierpinski Triangle is that you can keep making smaller and smaller triangles forever and it is self-similar. Which means you can take any segment of the triangle and expand it and it will look exactly the same as the original. Unless you only take part of a triangle.

A Sierpinski triangle in the early stages.

Here is a computer generated fractal from this site.

There are also natural fractals, like ferns. Ferns are fractals because each segment has another little segment on it and that little segment has another, smaller segment on it.

Image credit: SantaRosa OLD SKOOL and  Benjamin Pender and Jens Dahlin

4 thoughts on “Fractalness!

  1. Dear Max,
    I also have a friend that likes those and I also think they are pretty cool myself. I looked them up on google and they are very mesmerizing. Nice blogs, keep up the good work!
    Noah C.

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  3. Hi Max,
    So many wonderful pictures!
    The challenge is over, but I hope you will continue blogging. I am going to visit your blog when I have time as there are always some great ideas here.
    Best wishes,
    Mrs Black 🙂

  4. Max, this was so interesting. I wonder where you get all your great ideas and interests? Never heard of SMART or fractal. Thanks for enlightening your Aunty!

    A. Mary -the cool one!

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