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Nature's Fractals

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Christine E. SeverudeFollow

Major

Molecular Biology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2023

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Open Access

Abstract

Some of nature’s most common features are fractals: patterns that are self-similar at different scales. My drawing depicts the fractals within an oak tree at four different scales: the tree, a branch, a leaf, and a section of leaf capillaries. Despite differences in size, the branching pattern appears remarkably similar in each case. I added the structures that constitute fractals using ink, and supporting details using light pencil shading, in order to emphasize the fractal patterns. I decided not to use color, so the focus remains on the line art and complexity of structure.

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Nature's Fractals

Some of nature’s most common features are fractals: patterns that are self-similar at different scales. My drawing depicts the fractals within an oak tree at four different scales: the tree, a branch, a leaf, and a section of leaf capillaries. Despite differences in size, the branching pattern appears remarkably similar in each case. I added the structures that constitute fractals using ink, and supporting details using light pencil shading, in order to emphasize the fractal patterns. I decided not to use color, so the focus remains on the line art and complexity of structure.