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Re: Fractals
Posted:
May 4, 1995 11:51 AM


As Judy Roitman suggests, fractals are very popular, very interesting, very beautiful. I have found that students enjoy looking at the mathematics in them. My room includes displays of fractals on calendars. One is from Amber Lotus of Oakland CA. "Fractal images are the result of mathematical exploration. They demonstrate the unexpected variation of structures that develop based on simple principles. Through artistic choice of color and composition, mathematical formulas are transformed into computergenerated works of art. Fractal creation via computer enables us to reexamine the relationships between order and chaos, and between art and science."
Many of us have enjoyed presentations by HeinzOtto Peitgen (Bremen and Boca Raton among other Univ.). We use his book "Chaos and Fractals New Frontiers of Science" Springer Verlag 1992 Also authored by Hartmut Juergens and Dietmar Saupe of Univ. Bremen.
A key concept here to me is that our exploration of fractals has developed with our ability to explore with computer animation.
Thus I recommend some of the dynamic fractal software and WWW sites such as
http://www.cnam.fr/fractals.html
Enjoy. Steve.
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