On Fractalicious

This week’s posts have been a diversion from my routine while focusing on small things – and as we know, the microscopic world is detailed and fascinating.

Fractals are a geometry concept. In simple terms, a fractal is a shape within an object that takes the shape of the entire object. A piece of a rock from a mountain that looks like the entire mountain; a part of a tree branch that when magnified looking like the entire tree; or in section of a coastline that looks similar to the entire coast. Yes, fractals are about shapes.

The mathematics for fractals goes back into the 1800s, but Benoît Mandelbrot paper about the coast of Great Britain in the 1960s brought fractals into modern light. Today, artists use fractals and fractal-like patterns in art create fractal art by using mathematical algorithms to created objects, images, animations, and other visual representations most commonly through fractal software.

Once you see this fascinating video, it will not take long to see how fractals fit into this week’s theme. Enjoy the images.

On a Small World

Over the past few days we have examined the microscopic world – that small world of cells serving as the basic life form for all living things. It is interesting how our own cells from the liver, brain, bone, small intestines, and skin look nothing like each other, yet they have many similar parts while the cells themselves performing different, but specialized functions.

Whether the world of crystals, living things, or natural and man-made nonliving materials, we see that nature the beautiful designs of nature that inspires artists across the globe. Yet, all the designs and parts work together to make our planet go – the planet that is a mere speck in the universe. Considering the journey from small to large – oh how grand it is. Enjoy this video with more sights of our small world set to soothing music.

On a Scope

Yesterday’s post provided a snapshot of the microscopic world in the human body. It’s amazing to think that we transport along a wonderland no matter where we go. So that gave me an idea – another trip journey.

Today’s trip is a bit more advanced because besides regular microscope views, this video offers one of my favorites – electron micrographs. Enjoy the journey. Any favorite stops along the way?