Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Fractal Universe - The Colors Of Infinity (lecture # 1)

Some readers have noted that changing the name Rough Fractals to Oracle On The Hudson and back again is a kind of fractal pattern in itself - a kind of spiral growth pattern: no name becomes name 1 which becomes name 2 which becomes name 1 (NB in mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the following sequence of numbers: The first two Fibonacci numbers are 0 and 1, and each remaining number is the sum of the previous two thus:1+1 =2 / 1+2 +3 / 2+3 = 5/ 3+5 = 8 / 5+8 = 13 and so on and so on... 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34. One of the many remarkable aspects of this mathematical fractal is how common it is in nature, from the human body to snowflakes and even (some suggest) the stock market (as a kind of collective indicator of economic growth). Even bunny rabbits reproduce along a Fibonacci pattern (start with 2 bunnies and given food and shelter you can predict how many bunnies you will have in say, six months with amazing accuracy).

Below is the first in a series of Lectures on Fractals presented here at

(This first lecture is a little slow in parts but introduces a lot of amazing and important concepts that, in true fractal fashion, will be revisted again as the lectures progress...)

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