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Fractal geometry

Fractal geometry
Fractal geometry, a major development in the field of mathematics, was conceived and developed by Benoit Mandelbrot, an IBM Research mathematician, and first published in 1975. Fractal geometry deals with irregular, fractured shapes -- or "fractals." Fractal geometry embodies the tendency of natural forms to repeat themselves, as with the resemblance between a coastline and the shore of one of its inlets. This new form of geometry has been applied in fields ranging from aerodynamics and art to astronomy, linguistics and metallurgy. (VV1007)