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Origins: Antarctica:  Antarctica Fractals with Benoit Mandelbrot (Webcast)
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In 1963 Benoit Mandelbrot introduced the fractal concept. Fractals are shapes or behaviors that have similar properties at all levels of magnification. Just as the sphere is a concept that unites raindrops, basketballs and Mars, so fractal is a concept that unites clouds, coastlines, plants and strange attractors. Dr. Mandelbrot dropped in for a visit during our 2001 series of webcasts about Antarctica. We took some time out from the freezing cold to interview him.

Project: Origins: Antarctica - Scientific Journeys from McMurdo to the Pole | Browse All

Date: December 14, 2001
Format: Interview
Category: History of Science
Subject(s): Mathematics

Keywords: definition of fractal, fractal definition, science of roughness, geometry of roughness, roughness of clouds, roughness of cumulus clouds, fractal dimension, measuring topography of dry valleys, roughness of geology, variance of landscape, scale of invariance, scale


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