iCandy February 2010

IEEE Spectrum's monthly slideshow proves that a picture is worth a thousand bytes

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Image: Daniel White
This ornately detailed figure, which brings to mind the beauty of a coral reef, is actually a 3-D computer rendering of a mathematical equation. It’s an example of a fractal, which breaks the rules of traditional geometry because its area and perimeter are incalculable. Fractals defy number crunching, because no matter how closely you zoom in, the features look like ever-smaller copies of the entire figure.
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