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Tree Fractal
Tree Fractal
Tree Fractal
Tree Fractal
Tree Fractal

Tree Fractal

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• Short-Sleeve Lightweight T-Shirt
• 65% Polyester / 35% Ring-Spun Cotton
• Fabric weight: 4.5 oz (153 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Double-stitched sleeves and bottom hem

This shirt is so soft that it feels like swaying in the wind.

One of the most common fractals in nature is Tree fractal. Also known as the Pythagoras tree, the fractal was invented by Dutch mathematics teacher Albert E. Bosman in 1942. He named it after the Greek mathematician Pythagoras. 

Trees are natural fractals. Each tree branch is a copy of the one that came before it. If you think about it, a branch is a replica of the tree, with the branch serving as the trunk. 

These patterns are called self-similar. They are inclusions of similar patterns within similar patterns as if copying the original ones before it. 

If you zoom to a branch, a root, or even a leaf, it looks about the same as an unmagnified tree. Zoom in or zoom out, the geometry of the object does not change. Self-similarity is an important aspect of nature that shows us inter-connectivity within nature’s systems. 

Each branch of the tree does not overlap with the others behind it. This lets the branches and the leaves get the necessary sunlight they need to produce oxygen. When you look down at a pine tree, you’ll see that this pattern is present.

Fractals are also an integral part of the tree’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Because of these patterns, a huge surface area is contained within a relatively small volume. Just like our own lungs, which we can also thank fractals for, trees allow the Earth to breathe.

Get an in-depth explanation of fractals in this TED Talk. If you’re in a hurry, this 3-min explainer will do. 

Launched on: May 18, 2020