10CREATING FRACTALS USING RECURSION
What’s another word for thesaurus?—Steven Wright
Fractals are delightfully complicated designs, where each smaller part of the design contains the entire design (see Figure 10-1). They were invented (or discovered, since fractals exist in nature) by Benoit Mandelbrot in 1980 when he was visualizing some complex functions on a state-of-the-art IBM computer.
Fractals don’t look like regular shapes we recognize from geometry, like squares, triangles, and circles. Their shapes are ...