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Images: A fractal gallery

A physics professor at the University of Wisconsin illustrates the variety and beauty of fractal images.
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(yellow engraved background with turquoise "spiders")

Fractals--complex mathematically generated shapes and patterns--are among the most intriguing forms of computer-generated art. There are a dozen or more different types of fractals in the collection of fractal images created by J.C. Sprott, professor of physics at the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin. Sprott says he produces all of these fractal patterns differently using custom software that he wrote, mostly in PowerBASIC.

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(black/irridescent tentacles with aqua blue background)

Sprott's computer program creates a new fractal image--the Fractal of the Day--every day a few minutes past midnight.

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(bursting red orbs, with yellow, blue-green highlights)

Sprott's Web site also features background and accompanying screen images of a software program he co-wrote titled "Chaos Demonstration."

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(electric red and blue ribbon discs)

More of Sprott's fractal images can be viewed in his Fractal Gallery.

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