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Fractals to Liven Up the science board

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posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 01:16 AM
Having now been a member long enough to notice when things around the board are slow or changeing it has come to my attention that since the crap out at the LHC the science board has been pretty slow.

So to help liven things up i want to talk about fractals. Now Fractal science is relatively new. The mandlebrot set was discovered in the eighties and mathmatitions and physists are just beggining to unlock their secrets and implement them in our technology today.

For the livining up portion here is a great mandlebrot zoom with a song specifically written for it. Listen to the lyrics its really great.

Now for the science portion

Fractals are patterns that feature geometric elements at ever smaller scales to produce both self-similar and irregular shapes and surfaces. Fractal shapes are often self-similar (segments look like each other and like the whole object) and independent of scale (they look similar, no matter how close you zoom in).

Fractals found in naturally occurring phenomena such as lightning and snowflakes, take fractal forms because they provide structural efficiency. Plants like ferns and capillary patterns in skin have evolved fractal forms because they effectively exploit all the available space to maximize their functions.

Fractal properties are defined by the underlying mathematics however, not by perceived shapes, and fractals can define much less formal geometries including shorelines and irregular shaped fractal antennas

Robust communications links are achieved with fractal-shaped antennas by not only using repeating and self-similar shapes, but also with irregular shapes that may not be immediately recognised as fractal.

Fractal antenna technology is geometry-based, not material based. Therefore, fractal antennas are manufactured from standard materials and substrates, using standard processes. OEMs, ODMs and CEMs are able to take advantage of maximum flexibility and cost-effectiveness, from design through to final assembly, with no need to change processes or deal with special materials to produce Fractus fractal antennas.

ScienceDaily (Jan. 31, 2002) — Predicting the size, location, and timing of natural hazards is virtually impossible, but now, earth scientists are able to forecast hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, and landslides using fractals. A fractal is a mathematical formula of a pattern that repeats over a wide range of size and time scales. These patterns are hidden within more complex systems. A good example of a fractal is the branching system of a river. Small tributaries join to form larger and larger "branches" in the system, but each small piece of the system closely resembles the branching pattern as a whole.

"By understanding the fractal order and scale imbedded in patterns of chaos, researchers found a deeper level of understanding that can be used to predict natural hazards," says Christopher Barton, a research geologist at the United States Geological Survey, "They can measure past events like a hurricane and then apply fractal mathematics to predict future hurricane events."

In the past, earth scientists have relied on statistical methods to forecast natural hazard events, but when Barton used fractals, he found that these patterns contain a level of information that has never been seen using statistical methods. Barton discovered that by comparing the fractal formulas of the size and frequency of a hurricane’s wind speed to the historic record of information about past hurricane landfall location and timing that he was able to predict the approximate wind speed of the hurricane when it made landfall at a given coastal location along the United States Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts.

Forecasts of hazardous natural phenomena based on the application of fractals are now available to government agencies responsible for planning and responding to natural disasters such the Federal Emergency Management Association and other emergency personnel to be able to better forecast the size, location, and timing of future events. "Based on the fractal patterns seen over the past 100 years," says Barton, "We can better forecast the probability of a future event."

Thanks to Dr. Mandelbrot, earth scientists like Dr. Barton have a powerful, new tool to predict future chaotic events of nature

Isnt Nature both beautiful and insightful? Hiding right out there in the open fractals are everywhere.

heres an older film i think ive seen on ATS before but im going to post it anyways because its excellent

Google Video Link

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posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 03:54 AM
Good post. Hate that many good posts get passed over here, with few responses, while other less important topics have 20 pages of replies. This is the type of post that keeps me coming back.

Guess people are tired of fractals, but never bore of politics.

Fractal you too buddy!

posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 04:30 AM
Excellent post and video! S&F for sure. Arthur C. Clark is one of my favorite authors. Fractals are one of my favorite topics. What a great find!

I wonder whether you know of the computer program called Xaos. It's a wonderful fractal-generating tool that is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It's free and it's a very good, fast program. I highly recommend it.

Thanks again for this great post.

posted on Oct, 12 2009 @ 05:33 PM
thought id post some of the most hypnotic mandelbrot zooms. . . . I know this is the science forum but these zooms with some drums. . . . free your mind
i use them for meditation purposes alot

deepest mandelbrot zoom

Mad Botany


the deepest zoom is truely incredible i wish i had the power to render one 3-4 times deeper . . . . quick someone donate their MAC to a super deep zoom

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posted on Oct, 15 2009 @ 05:40 AM
reply to post by constantwonder

wow, these are great.
But id also love to know the names of the songs and the artist.

Do you have any info?

Greetings from Germany

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