fractal food

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Fractal Food: Self-Similarity on the Supermarket Shelf by John Walker

Nearly exact self-similar fractal forms occur do in nature, but I’d never seen such a beautiful and perfect example until, some time after moving to Switzerland, I came across a chou Romanesco like the one above in a grocery store. This is so visually stunning an object that on first encounter it’s hard to imagine you’re looking at a garden vegetable rather than an alien artefact created with molecular nanotechnology. But of course, then you realise that vegetables are created with molecular nanotechnology, albeit the product of earthly evolution, not extraterrestrial engineering.

One response to “fractal food

  1. I wonder how many levels of interation there are for this vegetable. How many times does it duplicate at different scales? I found a picture of a full head and it did have the same conical shape. So it has at least 3 levels from what i can tell. Cool.

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