How Nature Was Built

I was looking through the photos I took on my recent trip to Sweden. And suddenly a sentence my old math teacher used to say, popped in my head. “Fractals exist everywhere in nature”.

A fractal is “A class of mathematical objects characterized by being self-similar. They tend to look complex and vaguely organic”, as quoted from this node at everything2.com.

Back then it was fun to look at broccoli and say “yeah… that’s uncanny”.

But lately, I almost feel like I’m suffering from pareidolia.

Simply put, I saw fractals in all the photos I had taken. Uncanny got a new meaning for me.

I gathered the most elaborate images here.

Photos

moss1

This image started my train of thought. Y upon Y upon Y. I wonder if this goes on even at a cellular level?

moss2

Small stars upon small stars.

moss3

A distant moss-relative of the rose?

moss4

Looks a little bit like the branches of a mini pine-tree.

moss5

It would even seem that one splotch of moss knows where it’s neighbour is … but no… that can’t be right. I must be pareidolic.

moss6

fire

Could it be, that the sparks that fly from this fire, have a semi-predefined movement pattern? It doesn’t seem all that random…

moss7

I do not doubt that fractals play an important part of this plants pattern of life. What boggles me, is the fact that this plant… this tiny moss-plant, looks related to some tree branches, even some trees.

It is a microscopic world. If fractals are there, what’s to say that macro-fractals do not exist. Fractals that define pine trees… perhaps forest layouts… why not even city layouts when we’re at it.

Who’s to say, every design I ever made, was not just an expression of a complex fractal algorithm buried deep inside me?

References

Sprott’s Fractal Gallery (Do a search for ‘Natural Fractals’)

2 thoughts on “How Nature Was Built”

  1. “Fractals are everywhere” used to be one of my beliefs listed in the left side of my blog.

  2. Joen says:

    I remember! Until you mentioned it now, I thought it was still there. I just never gave fractals much thought.—You mean it is no longer one of your beliefs? Or is it just designed out?

    By the way, I deleted your double post. Sorry for my slow ass server, no doubt it’s responsible. I’m moving my site to Titoonic servers though, it’ll make a difference.

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