The process used to create a very realistic image of a fern is similar to the process used for the Serpinski Cheese, and is very simple.
It consists of iterating a large number of times the transformation represented below : each rectangle is replaced by three smaller rectangles (w2,w3 and w4) and a last rectangle reduced to a segment of line (w1), placed as indicated on the second picture.
The parameters needed to definite this process are only a few. Here is a set of values that specify the construction of a fern.
These parameters can be used as input in the public domain program FRACTINT (see below) which draws the associated fractal. To know what these parameters stand for or where fractint can be found, examine the links given further on in the main page.
| Fractals |
The Center for Polymer Studies, a scientific visualisation research center in the Physics department at Boston University.
A public domain software package which enables you to specify an iterative process and then draws the corresponding fractal. It also draws fractals constructed by other methods than iterative processes and provides the possibility of magnifying every detail of the constructed fractal.
A link to an iteractive program which draws the Sierpinski Gasket by playing dice.
There is a great deal of information about fractals available
through a net search.
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