Fractal patterns discovered in the worlds greatest literature

Scientists have found intriguing evidence of fractal structures in classic books. This discovery is more prove that fractals are embedded deeply in not only nature but also our language and the way we tell story.

Sequences of sentence lengths (as measured by number of words) in four literary works representative of various degrees of cascading character. (Source: IFJ PAN) Sekwencje d³ugoœci zdañ wyra¿onych liczb¹ wyrazów w czterech dzie³ach literackich, reprezentatywnych dla ró¿nego stopnia ich kaskadowego charakteru. (ród³o: IFJ PAN)
Sequences of sentence lengths (as measured by number of words) in four literary works representative of various degrees of cascading character. (Source: IFJ PAN)

“All of the examined works showed self-similarity in terms of organisation of the lengths of sentences. Some were more expressive – here The Ambassadors by Henry James stood out …  correlations were evident, and therefore these texts were the construction of a fractal,”  – Dr Paweł Oświęcimka from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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