Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F is for . . .




Image courtesy: new 1illuminati


Fractals: a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. (Wikipedia) You can find them in frost, lightening, and even broccoli. They're in our DNA, used for computer graphics, and in cornrow braids.

Can you identify these natural fractals?



Image courtesy: Mr and Mrs Apteryx australis



Image courtesy: Alexey Kljatov



Image courtesy: Ivan Turkouski

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FYI: The title story from Ursa Major And Other Stories is available this week to download for free.

Something with a heavy gait and a taste for donuts lurks in the woods behind Josh Surrel's new house in Caribou, Maine. Not that he has much time to worry about it. As the new kid in school, he's got to figure out quickly whether to join the outcasts or the bullies, if he's got the guts to speak to the prettiest girl in ELA, and the answers to his hideous math homework before he lands in detention. Yet when everything goes wrong, these problems become meaningless. Josh finds himself alone in the dark, freezing in a freak September snow storm, searching for the one thing he's most afraid of . . . 

Approx. 83 pages* (21K words)

40 comments:

  1. I remember learning that certain things like beehives had to do with mathematics. It's amazing, isn't it?

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  2. The green one looks like a plant. I have a similar picture, but not sure it's the same thing.

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  3. I learned something and enjoyed a little fiction! Thank you.

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  4. Fractals are so cool. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

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  5. One looks like snow and the other maybe ice on a window? Either way, these are beautiful!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  6. I have never heard of fractals, but now I know, I'm so going to drop it into a conversation with my buddies :)

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  7. What we don't see, until it shows itself. Lovely photo!
    Hope Josh confront fear...
    Thanks for commenting on my blog!

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  8. Love those images of fractals! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Is the first one a type of broccoli? That is the weirdest plant I have seen in a long while!

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  10. I just saw a broccoli like this in Publix the other day! My husband recently studied these and I got to see some amazing Fractals over the semester. Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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  11. Amazing how the universe has created these patterns. Is the first one the broccoli? The last is frost, and the middle is a snowflake.

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  12. Fractals are the only thing I ever enjoyed learning about in math class. Mind-blowing that they are infinitely repeating. Cool post!

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  13. you visited me on E, now I'm stopping by and shall return for the alphabet. Cool pics and interesting post.

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  14. I blogged about fractals some years ago. Never thought of green cauliflower as being fractals.

    Thanks for the visit Tamara.

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  15. I learned about fractals in college. Some cool images you selected.

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  16. I do love fractals. I have absolutely no understanding of the maths behind them, but they're so pretty :)

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  17. Fractals are awesome and so mesmerizing! Loved looking at the pictures. Thanks for sharing. :)
    Jess

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  18. I've used fractals in some of my graphic designs. They are so cool. :)

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  19. Fractals are cool, and some of them are surprisingly simple to compute (e.g. Mandelbrot set). I used to play around with this when I was a student many years ago >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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