"I find the ideas in the fractals, both as a body of knowledge and as a metaphor, an incredibly important way of looking at the world." Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, New York Times, Wednesday, June 21, 2000, discussing some of the "big think" questions that intrigue him.
This is a collection of pages meant to support a first course in fractal geometry for students without especially strong mathematical preparation, or any particular interest in science.
Each of the topics contains examples of fractals in the arts, humanities, or social sciences; these and other examples are collected in the panorama.
Fractal geometry is a new way of looking at the world; we have been surrounded by natural patterns, unsuspected but easily recognized after only an hour's training.