Fractals and the Imagination

Why do we go to the movies to see the latest science fiction flick? Why do we like to travel to distant places on our vacations? Why do mathematicians study complex math from the 1800's? While there are social and economic factors, the most basic reason that comes to mind is to expand our imaginations. Most people these days like to be entertained rather than climb mountains. What's sorely lacking is the quest for new ideas and the foundation to rebuild a world wracked by terrorism, feudalism and corporate greed.

Fractals offer a real glimpse into relatively unexplored vistas. And the programs that generate them are interactive, so you are personally involved not just a bystander. You don't need to be able to draw or do the math to create fantastic, pleasing shapes. All it requires is an open mind and a willingness to play around. You do that at the local park, soda shop or gymnasium when you want to have a good time.