A touching short film about Mandelbrot and how he discovered fractals

Back in 2010 — a mere 19 days before his death — Benoît Mandelbrot gave a candid and moving interview describing his life's work and how he came to devise fractal geometry, the notion that the much of the natural world is organized according to elegant and predictable mathematical principles. » 11/18/13 7:40am 11/18/13 7:40am

This is what happens when you run 15,000 volts through wood

Pratt student Melanie Hoff was curious to know what would happen to a sheet of wood when blasted with 15,000 volts of electricity. So, she decided to run the experiment — with the results being something quite unexpected. Rather than causing it to catch fire or blow up, the electricity created intricate fractal… » 3/05/13 6:20am 3/05/13 6:20am

Can you guess the subject of this photograph?

If you said "blood vessels" or "bronchi" you'd be wrong, but those would both be very good guesses. There's a reason this false-colour image of the Mississippi Delta — photographed by Japan's Advanced Land Observing Satellite — bears such a striking resemblance to ramifying vasculature; as Unpopular Science explains,… » 1/04/13 1:43pm 1/04/13 1:43pm

Artist uses crochet to create mathematically accurate sculptures of clouds

Argentinian architect Ciro Najle has spent the past several years designing more efficient fog collectors, vast nets that allow people in arid regions to gather water from moisture in the air. And recently, he worked with local crafters to translate the complex fractal mathematics of cumulous clouds into crochet. The… » 1/16/12 10:14am 1/16/12 10:14am

Alexander's Horned Sphere fractal changes how we define inside and outside

Alexander's Horned Sphere is one of the more frustrating fractals out there. It is a fractal, it's a ring, it's an endless series of branches, and, technically, it's a ball. At least, inside it is. Outside, well, the entire oddity of the Horned Sphere is to change how we define 'inside' and 'outside.' » 1/05/12 7:20am 1/05/12 7:20am

Scientists still puzzled by a fractal discovered 500 years ago

In between painting the Mona Lisa and idly designing flying machines for fun, Leonardo Da Vinci occasionally got outside and looked up every now and again. Because he was Da Vinci, the moment he did, he discovered a new natural law. This one was about trees, and after five hundred years, scientists are still trying to… » 12/09/11 11:40am 12/09/11 11:40am