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The Father of Fractals

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Romanesco broccoli

Romanesco broccoli has a fractal structure: Each cone-like head consists of smaller, similarly shaped cones, which in turn consist of even smaller cones. In a graph of a fractal equation, this 'nesting' process would continue infinitely.

Credit: Corbis

In nature,technology and art the most common form of regularity is repetition: a single element repeated many times, as on a tile floor. But another form is possible, in which smaller and smaller copies of a pattern are successively nested inside each other, so that the same intricate shapes appear no matter how much you "zoom in" to the whole.

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