Mysterious Patterns

Mysterious Patterns

Finding Fractals in Nature

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Introduces readers to naturally repeating fractals while discussing what makes them unique, explaining how to move beyond familiar shapes in nature to recognize more intricate patterns.

Boyds Mills Pr

We see familiar shapes in nature all around us—this orange looks like a sphere, that icicle a cone, those cucumbers are almost cylinders. But trees, clouds, or broccoli—what shapes are they? In this photo-filled conceptual picture book, young readers will not only get an introduction to those amazing and naturally repeating patterns called fractals, but they’ll also learn about what makes fractals unique. Curious kids will leave with a sense of wonder about the intricacies of the natural world and the many shapes around us!

Nature’s repeating patterns, better known as fractals, are beautiful, universal, and explain much about how things grow. Fractals can also be quantified mathematically. Here is an elegant introduction to fractals through examples that can be seen in parks, rivers, and our very own backyards. Readers will be fascinated to learn that broccoli florets are fractals—just like mountain ranges, river systems, and trees—and will share in the wonder of math as it is reflected in the world around us. Perfect for any elementary school classroom or library, Mysterious Patterns is an exciting interdisciplinary introduction to repeating patterns.

& Taylor

A visually striking conceptual picture book introduces young children to naturally repeating fractals while explaining what makes them unique, explaining how to move beyond familiar shapes in nature to recognize more intricate patterns.

Publisher: Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, an imprint of Highlights, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781620916278
Branch Call Number: 516.15 C1536m 2014 CHILD
Characteristics: 30 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Richard P. - Photographer
Alternative Title: Patterns


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Spheres. Cones. Cylinders. We’ve had names for these shapes for a long time, but it’s only recently that we’ve had a name for nature’s repeating patterns. Illus. with color photos.

Starling16 Jul 26, 2014

A fascinating subject written in a way which is accessible for kids to understand.

May 14, 2014

A good children's science/math book.


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