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The term "fractal" was coined by Benoit Mandelbrot to describe a "self-similar" geometrical object that looks much the same on many different scales of measurement. This property contrasts with the property of a circle, for example, which loses its structure when viewed on a different scale and becomes almost a straight line when any arc is greatly magnified.

Fractals are representations of objects with an **infinite** amount of detail. When magnified, fractals do not become simpler, but instead remain as complex as they were without magnification. This is why fractals seem to describe natural objects in a better way than simple geometric figures like triangles, rectangles, or circles.

A coastline is a classical example of self-similarity in nature. From the air, a sea coast looks irregular by virtue of its bays and headlands. A closer look will reveal the same structure yet on a...

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