The reason I chose this image,
is because it is a tree, generated by fractals
Interesting show I saw on Nova about Fractals. here
called "Hunting the Hidden Dimension
Very intriguing stuff.
If any of you are unfamiliar with the book The Fractal Geometry of Nature
by Benoit Mandelbrot, you should really look into it.
is a Professor of Mathematical Science at Yale.
From the Wikipedia Article:
Approximate fractals are easily found in nature. These objects display self-similar structure over an extended, but finite, scale range. Examples include clouds, snow flakes, crystals, mountain ranges, lightning, river networks, cauliflower or broccoli, and systems of blood vessels and pulmonary vessels. Coastlines may be loosely considered fractal in nature.
Trees and ferns are fractal in nature and can be modeled on a computer by using a recursive algorithm. This recursive nature is obvious in these examples—a branch from a tree or a frond from a fern is a miniature replica of the whole: not identical, but similar in nature. The connection between fractals and leaves are currently being used to determine how much carbon is contained in trees. This connection is hoped to help determine and solve the environmental issue of carbon emission and control.