Wiki says “A fractal is generally “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,”[1] a property called self-similarity.” Pictured above is the famous image of a Mandelbrot set fractal image. Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set

Roots of mathematical interest on fractals can be traced back to the late 19th Century, the term however was coined by Benoît Mandelbrot in 1975 and was derived from the Latin fractus meaning “broken” or “fractured.” A mathematical fractal is based on an equation that undergoes iteration, a form of feedback based on recursion.[2]…

Natural objects that approximate fractals to a degree include clouds, mountain ranges, lightning bolts, coastlines, snow flakes, even various vegetables (cauliflower and broccoli). However, not all self-similar objects are fractals.”

See cool fractals at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal and http://www.enchgallery.com/fractals/fracthumbs.htm

Chaos is really very beautiful….