Words I Love 019 – Fractal

A new word today, inspired by the fact I’m off to see ‘Fractal Sparks’, a show by Jo Hamilton, part of the ‘Sonophilia Festival’ – Lincoln’s first festival of sound.

fractal

ˈfrakt(ə)l/

Mathematics

noun

noun: fractal; plural noun: fractals
  1. 1.
    a curve or geometrical figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. They are useful in modelling structures (such as snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth and galaxy formation.
adjective
adjective: fractal
  1. 1.
    relating to or of the nature of a fractal or fractals.
    “fractal geometry”

Origin

1970s: from French, from Latin fract- ‘broken’, from the verb frangere .
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