Geometry Seems Disconnected from Reality

Why is geometry often described as 'cold' and 'dry?' One reason lies in its inability to describe the shape of a cloud, a mountain, a coastline, or a tree. 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... Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity.


It deals with orbs and squares, but clouds and trees are much more complex.

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 The fractal geometry of nature
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Mandelbrot , BenoĆ®t B. (1983), The fractal geometry of nature, W. H. Freeman, Retrieved on 2012-06-12
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