Even if you're don't know what a fractal is, you've definitely seen one. Fractals are everywhere, from the spirals of galaxies to the endlessly branching sprouts in a floret of broccoli. They're even in your own body. It was only a century ago that mathematicians started describing them, but once they did, it explained a whole lot about the world.

#### A zoom sequence illustrating the set of complex numbers termed the Mandelbrot set.

## A Shape In A Shape In A Shape

## Fractals All The Way Down

#### Benoît Mandelbrot, The Father of Fractals

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Curiosity Staff
July 28, 2017

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