# Where does the term fractal come from?

### Table of Contents

- Where does the term fractal come from?
- What are the different types of fractals?
- What are some famous fractals?
- Is fractal geometry real?
- Is lightning a fractal?
- What is not a fractal?
- What is the most famous fractal?
- What is the simplest fractal?
- Is a snowflake a fractal?
- Which is an example of a fractal shape?
- How are fractals created at every level of magnification?
- Why are the patterns of the currents called Fractals?
- Where are fractal patterns found in the world?

### Where does the term fractal come from?

The term fractal 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.

### What are the different types of fractals?

**The major different types of categories of Fractals we will explore in this guide include:**

- Fractals in Nature.
- Fractals in Computers.
- Fractal Shapes.
- Fractals in Math.
- Fractals in 3D modeling.
- Fractal in Information and Data Management.
- Fractals in Computer System Architecture.
- Fractals in other areas of Technology.

### What are some famous fractals?

**Cantor set, Sierpinski carpet, Sierpinski gasket, Peano curve, Koch snowflake, Harter-Heighway dragon curve**, T-Square, Menger sponge, are some examples of such fractals.

### Is fractal geometry real?

Unfortunately, **there is no definition of fractals** that is both simple and accurate. Like so many things in modern science and mathematics, discussions of "fractal geometry" can quickly go over the heads of the non-mathematically-minded. ... Clouds, mountains, coastlines, cauliflowers and ferns are all natural fractals.

### Is lightning a fractal?

From this perspective, lightning bolts **are fractal**. Lightning bolts occur when the amount of electrical charge in the atmosphere overcomes the air's insulating properties. This overcoming is a kind of momentary «crack» that breaks through the air charged with electricity.

### What is not a fractal?

**A straight line**, for instance, is self-similar but not fractal because it lacks detail, is easily described in Euclidean language, has the same Hausdorff dimension as topological dimension, and is fully defined without a need for recursion.

### What is the most famous fractal?

Mandelbrot set
The Most Famous Fractal by John Briggs. Largely because of its haunting beauty, **the Mandelbrot set** has become the most famous object in modern mathematics. It is also the breeding ground for the world's most famous fractals.

### What is the simplest fractal?

Koch Curve
**The Koch Curve** is one of the simplest fractal shapes, and so its dimension is easy to work out. Its similarity dimension and Hausdorff dimension are both the same. This is not true for more complex fractals.

### Is a snowflake a fractal?

Part of the magic of snowflake crystals are that they are **fractals**, patterns formed from chaotic equations that contain self-similar patterns of complexity increasing with magnification. If you divide a fractal pattern into parts you get a nearly identical copy of the whole in a reduced size.

### Which is an example of a fractal shape?

While many fractals are self-similar, a better definition is that fractals are shapes which have a non-integer dimension. There are many shapes in nature that look like fractals. We’ve already seen some plants at the beginning of this chapter. Other great examples are snowflakes and ice crystals:

### How are fractals created at every level of magnification?

A fractal is a geometric shape that has a fractional dimension. Many famous fractals are self-similar, which means that they consist of smaller copies of themselves. Fractals contain patterns at every level of magnification, and they can be created by repeating a procedure or iterating an equation infinitely many times.

### Why are the patterns of the currents called Fractals?

It is more like ordered chaos. The patterns of the currents, like the branches in lungs and neurons, are fractal, which means they repeat at different scales. Now Taylor is using ‘bioinspiration’ to design a better solar panel.

### Where are fractal patterns found in the world?

As he proved, fractal patterns were often found in nature’s roughness—in clouds, coastlines, plant leaves, ocean waves, the rise and fall of the Nile River, and in the clustering of galaxies.