Fractal Information & Educational Resources

Fractal ImageNo matter what your level of interest in fractals is, you should be able to find what you are looking for from the many resources on this page! Everything from "What is a fractal", to more in-depth scientific information. If you are looking for educational information on fractals, fractal community resources & fractal groups, scientific information, or more general information, you've found a great resource! (More to come soon!)

If you are looking for fractal software programs check out my software page where you will find both Windows & MAC fractal software programs.

If you are looking for fractal tutorials be sure to check out the five step-by-step fractal tutorials I have written for Tiera-zon and XenoDream, as well as over twenty other fractal tutorials on the tutorials page.

Last, but not least, be sure to check out my fractal movies page where there are currently over a dozen in-depth fractal videos which examine & explore all aspects of fractals, from science, to mathematics, to art! Enjoy!

Fractal Links & Resources
Fractal Geometry - A Yale course by Michael Frame, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Nial Neger (No math required!)
Fractal Geometry Great resource for information on fractals. A Yale course by Michael Frame, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Nial Neger. Description on their site: "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."
SuperFractals by Michael F Barnsley
Michael F Barnsley is another pioneer in the world of fractals. He is a British mathematician, researcher, author, and entrepreneur who has worked on fractal compression; he holds several patents on the technology. This is his website, and definitely worth checking out.
The Mandelbrot and Julia sets Anatomy
The Mandelbrot and Julia sets Anatomy An excellent series that covers all aspects of the mandelbrot set.
The Chaos Hypertextbook
The Chaos Hypertextbook. This is an online textbook and a good resource if you have a strong interest in mathematics. From thhe site: "A book for anyone with an interest in chaos, fractals, non-linear dynamics, or mathematics in general. It's a moderately heavy piece of work, requiring a bit of mathematical knowledge..."
Coolmath.com (Good Kids site)
Coolmath.com This is a website designed for fun & learning about math, including fractals! In their words:"An amusement park of math and more... designed for fun!" The fractal indormation is on their Geometry Art link.
Mathigon
Famous Fractals Mathigon presents a good selection of examples for topics such as the calculation of fractal dimension,length, area, and volume.
An Introduction To Fractals
Fractal Introduction Paul Bourke's very good tutorial covering many aspects of fractals, including examples etc.
sci.fractals FAQ
sci.fractals FAQ This "summary" of all things fractal has been around from about the mid 1990's, but is a good resource for general questions. Many outdated links etc., but worth checking out.
Google Earth Fractal Images
Google Earth Fractals I have been fascinated for some time by fractalpatterns found throughout nature. I have seen some amazing patterns of the earth, from space, that show fractals. Paul Bourke beat me to putting something online to demonstrate this, but is very cool! He's put together a webpage that clearly shows fractal patterns from satelite imagery.
Fractal Article Series
MBF Lite Years ago Ingvar Kullberg started posting a series of articels to the fractal newsgroups. Newsgroups were the place for fractal artists to get together, share their work, and to see other artists work in the early days of fractals! I used to be fairly active and remember Ingvar's articles. This series that he wrote is a very interesting and has lot's of information. Check it out!
Fractal Mathematics
Fractal Mathematics Very good information on a variety of fractal types. From their site: "Descriptions of the mathematics behind the fractal art"
Cornell's Chaos & Fractals
Cornell's Chaos & Fractals is a short series of online articles that cover the theory of Fractalsand chaos.
Julia Jewels
Julia Jewels An Exploration of Julia Sets is a good resource for better understanding Julia sets.
Mu-Ency - The Encyclopedia of the Mandelbrot Set
Mu-Ency - The Encyclopedia of the Mandelbrot Set This is an interesting website that explores many different aspects of the Mandelbrot set.
Fractal Social Groups

There are a number of Fractal Groups, which are essentially a common meeting ground for fractal enthusiests. These are generally centered around a particular fractal program, and are a great resource if you are looking for an answer about a specific aspect of that program. It is also often a place to post your creations and get feedback etc.

The Fractal Forums
Fractal Forums is a good resource for posting questions related to fractals
XenoDream Users Group
XD Users Group is a very good resource for XD questions. Garth, the author of the program, is an active participant and is quick to answer questions. Also a good source for getting ideas, useful tips etc. From their website: A forum for technical support and discussion of XenoDream 3D IFS fractal graphics software.
XenoDream Pics User Group
XD Pics User Group A forum for sharing XenoDream pictures, parameter files and presets, and discussion. XenoDream uses 3D IFS fractals as well as lighting and layers.
Xaos Users (Mac & PC)
Xaos users group is not a very active group, but does have some posts with useful information when searching for answers for various aspects of this program.
Online Fractal Generators

Online fractal generators are a great way to quickly explore fractals for free, and without installing any programs on your computer. Check these sites out!

Fractalia
Fractalia is a very cool online fractal generator created by Ladi. Check it out! Note: This requires Microsoft's free Silverlight Plug-In for your web browser in order to work.
The Fractal Microscope
Fractal Microscope Another very cool online generator, with many options to experiment with.
Black Saturn Mandelbrot Set Explorer
Black Saturn Mandelbrot Set Explorer Another nice online fractal explorer. This one requires Java to be installed which is usually installed already on most computers.
Mandelbrot Explorer
Mandelbrot Explorer A simple explorer that allows zooms into the Mandelbrot set.
Mandelbrot & Julia Set Explorer
Mandelbrot Julia Set Explorer This is a nice little online generator which instantly displays a Julia Set for any area in the Mandelbrot set. It also has some additional paramters that you can set.
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