Fractals…they are all around us, in Nature and in the Universe. Fractals are mathematical sets, from which arise detailed patterns of self-similarity, which means the pattern of a given fractal repeatedly repeats itself. The Universe itself is full of repeating patterns, from electrons circling an atomic nucleus to moons orbiting planets and planets orbiting stars. Fractals: patterns of the Universe within the Universe within the Universe…ad infinitum.
The term fractal was coined by the mathematician, Benoit Mandelbrot, who also saw these detailed repeating patterns in Nature: the patterns in leaves and the vessels of the circulatory system, in clouds and ocean waves, in snowflakes and crystals, and even in the patterns of vibrations and sounds, such as heartbeats.
Order Within the Chaos
At first glance, the detailed patterns of fractals look chaotic, but as we take a closer look and see the patterns of self-similarity, we become aware that there is order beneath the chaos. Similarly from quantum physics to astrophysics to metaphysics, we are just beginning to see and understand the order within the seeming chaos of the Universe.
There is purpose and order to everything, for everything is part of All. Like the beautiful patterns of fractals, we are all connected and interconnected pieces of a whole and pieces of the One. Our interconnectedness is a fractal of life. It is a pattern of Being in the Universe within the Universe within the Universe…ad infinitum.
Video: Mandelbrot Fractal Odyssey