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The term fractal was coined by Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975 and was derived from the Latin fractus meaning 'broken' or 'fractured'.

It refers to any function or object, which replicates with self-similarity that manifests more and more clearly the greater it is investigated. An object with fractal properties could be examined ever more closely, and there would always be implicit solutions to giving the viewer more details - without actually loading an infinite amount of data onto the object.

Fractals are based on the same algorithms that form many natural physical objects, and so are perfect for producing mountains, cloud formations, and plants in relatively cheap processing power, that expands to whatever level of detail the user requires as she moves closer.

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