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Maths of Planet Earth | Limitless Applications

Mathematical Concepts 14. Ice fractals

Published on December 12th, 2013 | by Daphane Ng


Ice fractals

Who came in the night last winter and sprinkled little frosty Mandelbrot sets all over the windscreen of my car? Michael Barnsley says they are actually Julia sets. The Constructal Law says the dendritic structures are fully deterministic, and that they grow so as to maximise the speed of volumetric solidification in a subcooled liquid. I like both the fractal metaphor for and the predictive constructal description of my frosted windscreen!

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