This looks like a flower, but is in fact a computer-generated fractal of a 3-D analogue derived from a Mandelbrot Set. A ‘fractal’ is a type of shape that yields (sometimes elaborate) detail forever, no matter how far you ‘zoom’ into it. A Mandelbrot fractal is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of 3D fractal art.
And you thought mathematical abstracts would be boring!
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