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The Koch Curve Fractal

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Yesterday in the KKB211 lecture, we briefly went over fractals, in particular the Koch Curve fractal which is probably one of the more well known fractals along with the mandelbrot (Benoit Mandelbrot coined the term fractal).

For anyone that doesn’t know what a fractal is, it is effectively a geometric image that repeats itself infinitely no matter how far in you zoom. They are usually irregular appearing images, but they are “self-similar”.

The koch is a snowflake star shape and is one of the earliest fractal shapes to be recognised.

For an interesting look at how it replicates as you zoom in and how self-similar it is, have a look at the Java applet over at ArcyTech.