These 'Fabergé Fractals' will blow your mind
ScienceAlert Staff  
Friday, 27 June 2014

Former laser physicist Tom Beddard has turned his hand to creating incredible pieces of art that celebrate the beauty and intricacy of fractals. 

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Image: subBlue/Tom Beddard

A mathematical concept and natural phenomenon, fractals create never-ending patterns. These repeating patterns display at every scale - known as a self-similar pattern - starting off simple before growing progressively more complex. At their inception, they were based on pure mathematics, but now their applications are seen in physics, chemistry, earth and geological sciences, engineering, and transport physics.

Going by the name ‘subBlue’, Beddard, previously from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, has produced 'Fabergé Fractals'. Just like the ornate Fabergé eggs that were produced in Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Beddard's creations are incredibly detailed, with labyrinthine curves and lines snaking across each object's many sides. According to My Modern Met, the former physicist uses a formulaic method to create these digitally rendered three-dimensional models.

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      Image: subBlue/Tom Beddard

Beddard explains:

"The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.

The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural 'resonances' of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. But then like a chaotic system it can completely disappear with the smallest perturbation."

Watch his mind-blowing video, we think it's pretty safe to say it'll be the coolest thing you've seen all week: