Fractal Geometry: What is it, and What Does it do?
Fractal geometry is a workable geometric middle ground between the excessive geometric order of Euclid and the geometric chaos of general mathematics. It is based on a form of symmetry that had previously been underused, namely invariance under contraction or dilation. Fractal geometry is conveniently viewed as a language that has proven its value by its uses. Its uses in art and pure mathematics, being without 'practical' application, can be said to be poetic. Its uses in various areas of the study of materials and of other areas of engineering are examples of practical prose. Its uses in physical theory, especially in conjunction with the basic equations of mathematical physics, combine poetry and high prose. Several of the problems that fractal geometry tackles involve old mysteries, some of them already known to primitive man, others mentioned in the Bible, and others familiar to every landscape artist.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series A
- Pub Date:
- May 1989