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Mandelbrot Sets Mary Nork

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line. Benoit Mandelbrot, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, p. 1

The mathematician descends the rugged coast of Eleventh Street slowed by consideration of surface spreads of asphalt drip their seahorse-shapes toward the curb in spirals of spokes and valleys of swirls— identical microscopic iterations. And years.

From his home to his office- port in the University Library, past the grape vines at his left, with their endless repetition of order beneath the chaos of green shapes, beside the elm trees with their ridges of bark. Computed and graphed on a complex plane, the morning walk morphs into his private collection of bounded quadratic polynomials at imminent risk of veering off toward infinity.

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Edition 63 Volume 1  

Fall 2010. Brushfire is UNR's oldest literature & arts journal. Brushfire publishes biannually, check out our website for more info! unrbrus...

Edition 63 Volume 1  

Fall 2010. Brushfire is UNR's oldest literature & arts journal. Brushfire publishes biannually, check out our website for more info! unrbrus...

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