Fractals and mathematics applied to nature
Name: lauren knight
Is paper considered a fractal?
In what major ways do mathematics apply to the study of nature?
Well, no, paper isn't a fractal, but a physical object. Fractals
are theoretical objects that some think give a good description
of some of the properties of certain physical objects. The general
idea behind fractals comes from the observation that many things,
that look smooth, aren't very smooth when seen through eg. a
magnifying lens. And the more you magnify, the more new details
show up. But in the physical world there is a limit to how small
details you can think of without taking quantum mechanics into
As for the applications of math: it's used whenever you need to
make exact descriptions or calculations, like in physics, chemistry,
astronomy etc. In other words, all the 'exact sciences'.
jan p anderson
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Update: June 2012