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Topic: Fractals
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Steve Means

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Re: Fractals
Posted: May 4, 1995 11:51 AM
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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 computer-generated works of art. Fractal creation via
computer enables us to re-examine the relationships between order and
chaos, and between art and science."

Many of us have enjoyed presentations by Heinz-Otto 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

Enjoy. Steve.

from Steven S. Means
Math and Technology Teacher at Sammamish High School

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