Monday, April 7, 2014
Non-Fiction Monday: Mysterious Patterns: finding fractals in nature by Sarah C. Campbell
Mysterious Patterns: finding fractals in nature by Sarah C. Campbell. Photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell. 32 p. Boyds Mills Press, April 1, 2014. 9781620916278. (Finished copy provided by publisher for review.)
The concept of fractals is explained here in simple text accompanied by brilliant photographs of shapes in nature that are considered fractals and shapes that are not. Perfect for the visual learner and/ or math-phobe. Math teachers ought to consider using this to introduce the concept. The volume concludes with an invitation to create your own fractal and an Afterword by Michael Frame, a colleague of Benoit Mandelbrot, who posits that an invisibility cloak like Harry Potter's is theoretically possible thanks to fractals.