Fractals in Nature
Fractals are everywhere
in nature, never ending, only as far as our eyes can see. Rivers, with their
winding channels and weird small side ones, all relatively follow the shape as
the big one, as seen in the diagram shown in class, where taking a closer look
on the small ones, show a similar shape to the main. In a video shown, there
was conclusively no way to measure the coastline, simply because having smaller
measuring equipment yield different results from larger ones. Fractals are used
to describe this coastline paradox, making it impossible to accurately measure
the actual length.
My favourite fractal would have to be in trees. I find trees
intriguing, just spending time to watch them sway to the wind as well as wonder
how each branch is capable to grow from the trunk, and have further branches.
The leaves too, seeing the patterns on them, and being able to hold onto
branches and then just fall off.