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**“Fungi tree” by Tom Beddard**

This picture,

**“Fungi tree”**by

**Tom Beddard**, is a three-dimensional variant of the fractal known as the

*Pythagoras tree*. Beddard is from the UK and has a PhD in laser physics from the University of St Andrews. He works as a web developer, and he has this to say about his mathematical art:

*I have a fascination with the aesthetics of detail and complexity that is the result of simple mathematical or algorithmic processes. 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.*

Tom Beddard's website is http://www.subblue.com. (His sister has been diagnosed with leukaemia and needs a bone marrow transplant, and he is using his website to encourage people to register as donors.) He also has a large gallery on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/subblue) which includes this picture.

The original

**Pythagoras tree**is a plane fractal constructed from squares, which was invented in 1942 by the Dutch mathematics teacher Albert E. Bosman. The fractal is so called because each triple of touching squares encloses a right-angled triangle, as in the traditional illustrations of Pythagoras' theorem. More details may be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoras_tree_(fractal).

The artist quote above comes from a recent online article (http://goo.gl/rafnwI) about Beddard's series of 3D fractals inspired by Fabergé eggs. I found the article via +Eric Pouhier.

And finally, yes, this picture looks like

**broccoli**. (I'm going to put that word in bold and wait to see if people still point this out in the comments, as a test of whether they actually bother to read the text of the post.)

#art #artist #mathematics

“Fungi tree” by Tom Beddard This picture, “Fungi tree” by Tom Beddard, is a three-dimensional variant of the fractal known as the Pythagoras tree. Beddard is from the UK and has a PhD in laser physics from the University of St Andrews. He works as a web developer, and he has this to say about his mathematical art: I have a fascination with the aesthetics of detail and complexity that is the result of simple mathematical or algorithmic processes. 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. Tom Beddard's website is http://www.subblue.com. (His sister has been diagnosed with leukaemia and needs a bone marrow transplant, and he is using his website to encourage people to register as donors.) He also has a large gallery on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/subblue) which includes this picture. The original Pythagoras tree is a plane fractal constructed from squares, which was invented in 1942 by the Dutch mathematics teacher Albert E. Bosman. The fractal is so called because each triple of touching squares encloses a right-angled triangle, as in the traditional illustrations of Pythagoras' theorem. More details may be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoras_tree_(fractal). The artist quote above comes from a recent online article (http://goo.gl/rafnwI) about Beddard's series of 3D fractals inspired by Fabergé eggs. I found the article via +Eric Pouhier. And finally, yes, this picture looks like broccoli. (I'm going to put that word in bold and wait to see if people still point this out in the comments, as a test of whether they actually bother to read the text of the post.) #art #artist #mathematics

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