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  • adjective Having a substructure analogous or identical to an overall structure. In mathematics, certain geometrical objects such as line segments and fractals are self-similar to an arbitrary level of magnification; many natural phenomena, such as clouds and plants, are self-similar to some degree.

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  • adjective Having self-similarity; having parts that resemble the whole, as a fractal has.

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  • The ribs are lined with series of 6 round panels organized in a self-similar, nonrecursive pattern generated through a fractal algorithm.

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  • Hugh Kenner, whose 1971 magnum opus gave McGurl his name for the earlier era, wrote that modernist literary texts are “self-similar” or “scaling objects,” terms derived from Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractal geometry.

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  • The self-replicating, self-similar geology of San Lucido

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  • The self-replicating, self-similar geology of San Lucido

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  • But what if literary texts or at least a significant number of them are not self-similar tissues of self-consistent details, but something looser, more informal, perhaps even more extemporaneous?

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  • Fractal Geometry is the study of self-similar structures and is at the conceptual core of understanding nature's complexity.

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  • But what if literary texts or at least a significant number of them are not self-similar tissues of self-consistent details, but something looser, more informal, perhaps even more extemporaneous?

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  • Fractal Geometry is the study of self-similar structures and is at the conceptual core of understanding nature's complexity.

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  • Hugh Kenner, whose 1971 magnum opus gave McGurl his name for the earlier era, wrote that modernist literary texts are “self-similar” or “scaling objects,” terms derived from Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractal geometry.

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