The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will be closed to the public beginning Friday, February 26, and will remain closed until at least Wednesday, March 17. Read more information by clicking HERE. We apologize for the inconvenience.
A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals – such as the Mandelbrot Set – can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over.
First Fridays of the month are for slowing down and taking some time for self care with "Stop and Sketch". Join Natural History Illustrator, Matt Celeskey as he walks you through the process of scientific illustration using photographs from our collections.