## Thursday, January 31, 2013

### Fractals.....

I know, I know fractals have been done to death and all that - but I like them so - I'll be playing with fractals a bit too :D

I started with a simple - or at lest what I thought would be simple - 90 degree angle fractal that just scales from big to small....

It was interesting getting the right-angles because of the iteration step, here's that ICE Tree on the rotation stuff.

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But all and all I was quite happy with this exercise. It showed me just how little I understand about fractals so obviously after that....

... I went and made a tree...

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Yeah, that was fun but still....

what are fractals really anyway? Are there rules? What makes a fractal a fractal and not just some pretty pattern?

Wikipedia saysFractals are typically self-similar patterns, where self-similar means they are "the same from near as from far". Fractals may be exactly the same at every scale, or, they may be nearly the same at different scales. The definition of fractal goes beyond self-similarity per se to exclude trivial self-similarity and include the idea of a detailed pattern repeating itself.

I for one will be posting loads more on fractals as I play with them :D

For some cool stuff on fractals and doodling click on the triangle below...