The word fractal is derived from the Latin fractus, meaning broken. The term was invented by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot to describe the intricate patterns he had generated while working with complex numbers. Fractals are shapes which show self-similarity at many scales. In other words, if you magnify a small area of a fractal, the result will resemble the original image.




The images on these pages were generated using a program called Ultra Fractal. This program not only performs the thousands of calculations necessary to produce the fractal shapes, but also supports the use of Photoshop-like layers. Each layer may be colored by applying a different algorithm to the basic image, then merged with the other layers, allowing a rich and complex image to be built up.

About the artist:
Morgen Bell has been working with fractals since 1998. What, you were expecting a life-history?



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