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What are Fractals?

A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals – such as the Mandelbrot Set – can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over.

Read about the exciting events coming up in honor of the new Da Vinci traveling exhibition!

Learn about space, look through our 16" observatory telescope, or take in a special planetarium show at one of our special Space Science themed events!

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For information about hosting your special event at the museum, please contact:

Dianna Flores

Event Coordinator

(505) 841-2819

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