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A fractal is an object or quantity that displays self-similarity, in a somewhat technical sense, on all scales. The object need not exhibit exactly the same structure at all scales, but the same "type" of structures must appear on all scales. A plot of the quantity on a log-log graph versus scale then gives a straight line, whose slope is said to be the fractal dimension. The prototypical example for a fractal is the length of a coastline measured with different length rulers. The shorter the ruler, the longer the length measured, a paradox known as the coastline paradox.

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Are mandalas are a form of fractal?

Jee99 says: 15 Months Ago
I love mandalas and I love fractals. The thing is I see many forms of fractal like imaging in Mandalas. So what I want to know is are Mandalas an early form of fractal imaging and did fractals emerge from these once computers were around to help with the imaging?
emma999 says: 14 Months Ago
"are Mandalas an early form of fractal imaging and did fractals emerge from these once computers were around to help with the imaging"

Yes, mandalas are an early form of fractal imaging.

Fractals did not emerge from ancient mandalas but from a developers need to create digital games and virtual worlds.
Digitally made fractals have a different beginning and are made from a software created to amuse and entertain.

Mandala is a form of art used in Buddhist's prayers. Before the computer technology made it possible for us to make fractals, mandalas (= a single complete image of a more complicated fractal image) were drawn by hand using simple geometric lines that crossed each other and created a central point. Upon completion, the lines were erased and the images of flowers, animals and abstract forms remained.

Fractals are geometry that had existed before humans did. Hope it answers your query.
Edited by emma999 on 3/29/21 at 10:22pm
emma999 says: 2 Months Ago
This is a fractal universe so, fractals existed before mandalas which are a cultural form to organize a prayer. The ones we get on computers are derived from algebra and geometry manipulations.:D
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