Tomorrow we celebrate Bloomsday, the day of action in *Ulysses*. Most of us regard Joyce’s singular book as a masterpiece, even if we have not read it. In contrast, *Finnegans Wake* is considered by some as a work of exceptional genius, by others as impenetrable bafflegab [See TM117 or search for “thatsmaths” at irishtimes.com].

## Posts Tagged 'Fractals'

### Fractal Complexity of Finnegans Wake

Published June 15, 2017 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Algorithms, Fractals

### The Power Tower Fractal

Published April 14, 2016 Occasional Leave a CommentTags: Analysis, Fractals

We can construct a beautiful fractal set by defining an operation of iterating exponentials and applying it to the numbers in the complex plane. The operation is tetration and the fractal is called the power tower fractal or sometimes the tetration fractal. A detail of the set is shown in the figure here.

### Santa’s Fractal Journey

Published December 19, 2013 Irish Times Leave a CommentTags: Fractals, Maps

The article in this week’s *That’s Maths* column in the* Irish Times* ( TM035 ) is about the remarkable Christmas Eve journey of Santa Claus.

### Ireland’s Fractal Coastline

Published December 12, 2013 Occasional 2 CommentsTags: Fractals, Ireland, Maps

Reports of the length of Ireland’s coastline vary widely. *The World Factbook* of the Central Intelligence Agency gives a length of 1448 km. The *Ordnance Survey of Ireland* has a value of 3,171 km (http://www.osi.ie). The *World Resources Institute*, using data from the United States Defense Mapping Agency, gives 6,347km (see Wikipedia article [3]).