Romanesco Broccoli and Fractals

November 09, 2017

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Photographer: Greg Parker  
Summary Authors: Greg Parker; Jim Foster 

Before these delightful Romanesco broccolis were served for dinner, they were first photographed with a macro lens, to show their curious fractal patterns better. Fractals are a branch of mathematics that allows us to look at complex natural phenomena in a simplified manner. Objects such as the outlines of clouds, the edges of leaves or the surface of a piece of cauliflower, considered nearly immeasurable before fractals were introduced, can be approached quantitatively. The eye-catching replicating or self-similar patterns (in this case, logarithmic spirals) are the underpinnings for understanding fractal patterns.