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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
Category: History of Science
Nine Aim High students explore shadows and light, and build their own energy machines over the Spring of 2001. In this webcast, the students look at things that glow in both the area of physics and the area of biology.
Project: Science Wire | Browse All
Date: March 3, 2001
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science