A fractal is a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is approximately a reduced-size copy of the whole, a property called self-similarity. In 1975 Benoît Mandelbrot coined the term fractal which is derived from the Latin word fractus which means “broken” or “fractured”. Hence the most famous of them all is the Mandelbrot set.
Here are 15 gorgeous examples of fractals. You may click on the images for a larger view.