Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Fractal food

Another fractals-related post: I found this very nice website which shows how fractals and caothic math surround us in Nature. What you see in the photo is a simple broccoli; in Italy we refer to it as "cavolfiore": a well known vegetable that hides interesting secrets.

By zooming the surface you'll discover that it shows a complete autosimilarity just like any other fractal: you'll always find smaller, identical broccoli in every scale.

The recurrence stops at atomic level, but it's stunning anyway.