Mathematical Symmetry

Mathematical symmetry plays an important and pervasive role in nature and in human design. There are four types of mathematical symmetry the plane: Less strictly defined, self similarity can also be considered as a type of symmetry. This is the characteristic feature of fractal objects. If one can zoom in on a portion of an object and see something that is similar to (looks like) a reduced version of another portion of the object, then that object possesses self similarity. This type of symmetry is widespread in nature. Examples include the system of arteries in the human body and the coastline of a continent.

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