Small Things and Big Things

Mathematics professor Michael Frame’s world is built of self-similar patterns.

Michael Frame with fractal models in his Dunham Laboratory office. When the mathematician Michael Frame was growing up in St. Albans, West Virginia, he and his little brother Steven decided to make a hot air balloon. They didn’t have the money to buy a ready-made set, so Michael crafted a little bowl out of some tin foil and Steven found a bottle of rubbing alcohol to use as fuel. Together, they coated the inside of the bowl with sawdust so the alcohol wouldn’t slip out. . . Read more
Austin Bernhardt