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First Friday Fractals
What are Fractals?
A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals – such as the Mandelbrot Set – can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over.
First Friday Fractals is the spectacular, award-winning fulldome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals. Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining, and suitable for audiences 3 and up.
First Friday Fractals shows are more informational than the Fractals Rock shows. They include videos that explain a bit about the math behind the most popular fractal (the Mandelbrot set) and provide an overview of the Fractal Foundation’s education and outreach program. These shows include an equal mix of 2D and 3D zooms.
Shows are at 6 & 7pm on the first friday of each month
Fractals Rock! shows are “less talk, more rock!” Typically, they include more 3D fractal zooms, which can make some people motion sick, and do not include much explanation about what fractals are or the Fractal Foundation’s education and outreach.
Shows are at 8 & 9pm on the first friday of each month.
In person shows have been postponed at this time. In the meantime, the Fractal Foundation and the Museum have worked together to create online Friday Fractal videos.
No tickets are available at this time. Please check back in the future for purchasing options.
Tickets will be available for sale online until 5:00pm. After that time, available tickets can be purchased at the Museum box office when doors open at 5:30pm