October 18, 1999 at 16:42:27
the words fractal and fraction come from the latin root word whatis similar about the meanings of the two words
The roots "frac" and "frag" come from a latin word which means "broken." Some words in the English language with this root are fraction and fragment - both meaning "part of a broken whole", and "fragile" - meaning "easily broken." You can think of the word fractal as meaning "broken geometric figure." Just look at some fractal curves, and you'll see why!
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