noun: Sierpinski triangle; plural noun: Sierpinski triangles; noun: Sierpinski gasket; plural noun: Sierpinski gaskets
a fractal based on a triangle with four equal triangles inscribed in it. The central triangle is removed and each of the other three treated as the original was, and so on, creating an infinite regression in a finite space.Origin
1970s: named after Waclaw Sierpiński (1882–1969), Polish mathematician.
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Jonathan Wolf, PhD
Jonathan Wolfe earned his doctorate in visual neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He first discovered the beauty of fractals while a student at the Albuquerque Academy in 1987, and he has been eagerly teaching people about fractals ever since. He first brought fractal education into schools in 2001 at Alameda Elementary School. The enthusiasm for math, science and art shown by children as young as 6 inspired him to continue teaching fractals, and in 2003 he helped form the Fractal Foundation.
In addition to lecturing and teaching diverse audiences about the concepts of Chaos Theory and fractals, Dr.Wolfe is also a renowned artist best known for creating several fabulous fractal-inspired flying artworks (which can be seen at SkyDyes!) Ballooning is inherently an exercise in Chaos Theory, and Dr. Wolfe loves sharing the art and science of ballooning with audiences everywhere. By grasping the chaotic dynamics of the atmosphere, he can successfully navigate to a goal. By creating the world’s largest fractal images and printing them on balloon fabric, the Fractal Foundation can reach an audience of millions, educating and inspiring them about the possibilities of blending science, math, art and technology.