Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Fractal Past, Fractal Future," by Ivars Peterson. Science News,Special Anniversary Supplement, 1 March 1997, page S13.

Fractals not only have provided a useful way for scientists to describe certainaspects of nature, but also have captured the popular imagination. This shortarticle traces fractal notions back to their roots in 19th century mathematicsand describes how powerful computers have allowed deeper investigations in the20th century.