Length, Area and Dimension: Measuring Complexity and Scaling Properties
Geometry has always had two sides, and both together have played very important roles. There has been the analysis of patterns and forms on the one hand; and on the other, the measurement of patterns and forms. The incommensurability of the diagonal of a square was initially a problem of measuring length but soon moved to the very theoretical level of introducing irrational numbers. Attempts to compute the length of the circumference of the circle led to the discovery of the mysterious number π. Measuring the area enclosed between curves has, to a great extent, inspired the development of calculus.
KeywordsFractal Dimension Line Segment Head Size Infinite Length Logarithmic Spiral
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