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  1. #1 I'd like to learn about fractals. 
    Forum Professor Daecon's Avatar
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    Yesterday I got a book out from my local library about fractal geometry and I found it fascinating.

    However as I don't have a mathematical background I did find it hard to understand some of the information like "topological dimensions" and notation such as logx/logy and so on.

    I was curious if anybody was aware of any (free) educational software about fractals, possibly aimed towards a younger demographic (not that I'm especially young, I just feel it may be a better place to begin from)?


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    I don't think you know mathematics advanced enough to learn fractals if you don't know what "log" means, sorry. Just to let you know, logs are actually logarithms. The base ten logarithm is the inverse function of 10^x. The natural log (often represented by ln) is the inverse function of e^x where e = 2.718281828.... khanacademy is a great source for learning these things.


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    Well, the non-mathematical definition of a fractal is just something that's similar to several small parts of itself, like how a single branch is roughly the same shape as a whole tree. Of course, as you've seen, there's a lot more to it than that, but you do need some math to understand most of it.
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    Download Fractal extreme. It enables you to create fractal animations like this on using the Mandelbrot set:



    It allows you to zoom up to 2^100 on the free trial, adjust settings and the help gives you a lot of mathematical information. By far the fastest rendering as well.
    Welcome to the Fractal eXtreme Web SiteYou should also check out mandelbulb 3d, it's on par with mandelbulber for graphics but a lot easier to learn. Here is an example of the mandelbulb which has been compared to a 3d mandelbrot.

    fractalforums.com - Welcome to Fractal Forums - Mandelbulb3d v1.8.9 x1


    I'll explain the maths behind the mandelbrot set when I get back online later. You'll need to understand imaginary and complex numbers but they aren't that hard to learn.
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    I think Khanacademy would really help you. I have all there math, science videos on my ipod (they're free) he explains really well so hes my best suggestion to you. Hope it helps you.
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