Welcome to our beginners guide to fractals!
One of the most basic fractal patterns is the typical branching – the rule for this is as simple as it gets:
Split a line into 2 smaller lines.
simple fractal branching
Each branch splits into two smaller ones
Curled fractal branching
If you add some random curves the static tree becomes much more realistic.
Branching in the best known fractal
The same basic branching can produce beautiful 3d-trees
Do the shapes you just watched look familiar?
Of course they do – once you know what to look for, nature appears to be full of them:
Fractal Branching is most obvious in trees
But also in many flowers..
When earth dries, it cracks in fractal branching patterns. This happens on many scales..
Satellite view of rivers
Rivers too show fractal branching
A simulation of the distribution of dark matter in our universe also shows branching strains
the neurons in your brain are finding their connections through fractal branching
Picture of a living human brain - our body is full of fractals
All the roads that are leading to Rome in one picture
Continue tour: Fractal spirals –>