Our entire universe holds a secret that many humans don't even realize or notice. Hidden from plain-view, "fractals" are never-ending complex patterns which are self-similar across varying scales. They are created by "fragmenting" or repeating a certain process over and over in a loop until a design is created. Some notable examples of fractals in nature can be seen in trees, seashells, mountains, hurricanes and even entire galaxies. Whether its generated through computer Mandelbrot Sets or by nature itself, the complexity of these systems can be vast and over-whelming to human perception.
Although they can look complex, the formulas used to create or generate fractals are surprisingly simple. Every formula creates an entirely new story of branches, spirals and detailed textures generated purely out of repetition.
If the replication is exactly the same at every scale, it is called a self-similar pattern. Well integrated into nature, scientists have only recently begun to use these designs into manufacturing new computer circuits, chips and antennas.
Stay tuned for a deeper look into fractals in our feature next week and enjoy some examples of fractals through nature and computer generation.