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Fractal by Paul Carlson (Image 1)

3-D fractal set obtained by using different colors

This is the top view of a 3-D fractal (self-similar shapes that repeat themselves on increasingly smaller-length scales) set obtained by using different colors (and a nice rendering method) for points that end up in different regions after iterating a particular map from 3-space to itself. Fractal sets are used extensively in computer graphics to build interesting, "natural-looking" clouds, plants, landscapes, sea surfaces, etc. They are also used in medical applications, for example, to model organs (lungs) or blood vessel networks.

This fractal set was created by Paul Carlson, a computer programmer who has written at least a dozen fractal-generating programs over the years and his fractals have appeared in numerous published books. To learn more about Carlson's fractal work and view other fractal images he created, visit The Paul Carlson Fractal Museum. (Date of Image: unknown) [Image 1 of 5 related images. See Image 2.]


Credit: ŠPaul Carlson

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