General Science, Mathematics, and Technology


What are fractals?

A fractal is a set of points that are too irregular to be described by traditional geometric terms, but that often possess some degree of self-similarity; that is, are made of parts that resemble the whole. They are used in image processing to compress data and to depict apparently chaotic objects in nature such as mountains or coastlines. Scientists also use fractals to better comprehend rainfall trends, patterns formed by clouds and waves, and the distribution of vegetation. Fractals are also used to create computer-generated art.


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