05 February 2024
By CLARE WATSON
The beautiful thing about fractals, the self-repeating patterns found throughout nature, is their enchanting repetition which runs infinitely deep.
Zoom in on the branching found in objects like fern fronds and snowflakes and you’ll see they repeat in miniature – sometimes all the way down to atomic and quantum matter.
Mesmerizing as they are, such geometric patterns can have their limits. According to a new study that has found forest canopies don’t replicate the fractal patterns of individual trees.