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    Mysteriously beautiful fractals are shaking up the world of mathematics and deepening our understanding of nature.

    A fractal is “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,” a property called self-similarity.

    Fractals: they’re famously found in nature and artists have created some incredible renderings as well. Fractals are purely a wonder — too irregular for Euclidean geometry; iterative and recursive and seemingly infinite. They turn up in food and germs, plants and animals, mountains and water and sky.