Fractal Jigsaw puzzle


#1

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#2

This is pretty, but it is not a fractal.


#3

Actually, a fractal it is.


#4

OOH I detect a semantic argument brewing.


#5

What brewing? Check the linked article, I won. This ended before it could even start.


#6

I’m not casting any judgment, just predicting a riposte.


#7

Step 2: take it apart and reassemble it into two jigsaw puzzles. Trickier, but much lower manufacturing costs in the long run.


#8

A fractal is infinitely complex, and cannot be made out of wood… or even atoms. Like most things called “fractal,” this is actually a pretty shape inspired by fractals. It would be cool if mathematics worked this way.


#9

A fractal run over infinite number of iterations, yes. A fractal run over a limited number of iterations, no.

For all practical uses, this is a fractal. Probably even procedurally generated.

It’s like claiming that a triangle you can draw is not an ideal mathematical triangle with perfectly straight lines with zero thickness.


#10

…is not called a fractal. It’s called a shape.


#11

Popular usage voted. It is called a fractal.


#12

Is it a dragon curve? It certainly looks similar, but dragon curves use 90° rotations, don’t they? Genuinely curious—is there a version constructed with 60 or 120° rotations?

(It’s only a matter of time before a headline includes the inevitable phrase “8-bit fractal”—I’ve been stockpiling bottled water and canned beans for the ensuing comment firestorm and web traffic singularity.)


#13

The puzzle author said so in the video so I assume he knows what he’s doing. I think the 90-degrees is just a usual value, not a requirement; e.g. according to wikipedia the terdragon uses 120 degrees.


#14

@shaddack I get a point!


#15

Indeed! :smiley:


#16

Aha, thank you. This does bear more of a resemblance: just take each triangle and pucker it…


#17

Hah! I was inb4 prediction. Point deducted!


#18

<big">Fractious Fractal Fracas!!!


#19

NUH UH, I predicted your riposte at Dec 21, 8:48 AM, and it arrived at Dec 21, 10:34 AM. (According to the posting times provided by BBS).

This is getting meta.


#20

You would have won … if it was a dragon curve. Wrong angles and segments sizes. Got any other links you want to try?