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Fractals in Nature


My Mom gave me some clippings of a Christmas Cactus (Chris, pictured at the right), and after taking a while to get accustomed to her new home, Chris is finally starting to grow. 

The new leaves sprouting out, smaller but similar to the original, naturally put me in mind of the Mandelbrot set.  The bulbs that “grow” out of the Mandelbrot set are perfectly similiar to the original, and no matter how much you zoom in, you’ll always see the exact same sort of object. 


I can’t say for sure if the leaves of the Christmas Cactus are infinitely self-similar, but it’s close enough for my eyes.

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  1. Mike
  2. August 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I do not know much about Magic Squares, and I have not seen this–I’ll take a closer look.

  1. October 17, 2010 at 9:04 am
  2. November 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm

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