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Is paper considered a fractal? In what major ways do mathematics apply to the study of nature?



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Well, no, paper isn't a fractal, but a physical object. Fractals are theoretical objects that some think give a good description of some of the properties of certain physical objects. The general idea behind fractals comes from the observation that many things, that look smooth, aren't very smooth when seen through eg. a magnifying lens. And the more you magnify, the more new details show up. But in the physical world there is a limit to how small details you can think of without taking quantum mechanics into your considerations.

As for the applications of math: it's used whenever you need to make exact descriptions or calculations, like in physics, chemistry, astronomy etc. In other words, all the 'exact sciences'.

jan p anderson



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