Friday, May 17, 2013

Fathauer Fractal Tessellation



I have implemented a fractal in HTML5 canvas: http://www.byronknoll.com/kites.html. It is based on a fractal discovered by Robert Fathauer. Here is a zoomed-in view of the top of my fractal:



The fractal seems to have some interesting properties. Near the center of the zoomed-in image above you can see a "tunnel" of consecutively smaller triangles. There are an infinite number of these tunnels (and I think they exist in every direction). Along the vertical you can see there is pattern to the location of the tunnels. The distance between the tunnels is a geometric sequence with a common ratio of 1/3. As you travel into a tunnel, the hypotenuse length of consecutive triangles is also a geometric sequence with the same common ratio of 1/3.
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