Fractal Quotes

Fractal Quotes

Fractal geometry will make you see everything differently. There is a danger in reading further. You risk the loss of your childhood vision of clouds, forests, flowers, galaxies, leaves, feathers, rocks, mountains, torrents of water, carpet, bricks and much else besides. Never again will your interpretation of these things be quite the same. 
Michael F. Barnsley, Fractals Everywhere (2000)

Why is geometry often described as 'cold' and 'dry'? One reason lies in its inability to describe the shape of a cloud, a mountain, a coastline, or a tree. Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles and bard in not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line... Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity. 
Benoit Mandelbrot, The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1977) Introduction

Chaos versus Order indeed. I though everyone had heard of fractals these days. There's no chaos, no order; just patterns of different levels of complexity.
The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman

“Cocoa-buttered girls were stretched out on the public beach in apparently random alignments, but maybe if a weather satellite zoomed in on one of those bodies and then zoomed back out, the photos would show the curving beach itself was another woman, a fractal image made up of the particulate sunbathers. All the beaches pressed together might form female landmasses, female continents, female planets and galaxies. No wonder men felt tense.” 
― Bonnie Jo CampbellAmerican Salvage

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