Sunday, September 21, 2008


Perhaps my favorite form.

It is easy to lose myself, staring at a fractal. Or thinking of an endless coast, a mountain's infinite altitude, and then Zeno's paradox. They are like a calendar of days, each piece of a week the same part of a whole, itself a part of a whole composed of like bits, and on into the infinity of time. But each day (supposedly) has its own rough edge, a unique swirl that is potentially repeated forever—identical one and all save time. Fractals to me represent individual experience, the infinity and continuity of perspectives on this one rather large universe.

Figures for impossible fractals

An impossible fern (balanced 30° Pythagorean tree).

Mystery of the REAL 3D Mandelbrot Fractal

I have these two images layered on my desktop:

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