Media Hunt #2: Fractal Diamonds

    Here is a picture of a diamond fractal (self-named by the author; taken from deviantart.com drawn by JASONQUANTUM1). It is a self- similar pattern, one of the characteristics of fractals. Mathematically, you could find a way to draw this pattern.  What I would like to discuss in class is if real diamonds could be considered fractals? They have very sharp lines inside that cross planes; however, there are no examples in our readings of them. Given that most people have had interaction with diamonds, they probably should be a go-to example. And if we determine that diamonds are not in fact fractals, what makes them different from crystals?

Diamond vs. Crystal

(Diamond picture from jewishjournal.com article; crystal from USDA file found on wikimedia.com)

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