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Macrocosm and microcosm is an ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale (macrocosm or universe-level) all the way down to the smallest scale (microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level). A microcosm a community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger. Perhaps, the pattern of an electron rotating around a nucleus is similiar to the pattern of a planet rotating around a star. Fractals can be found in trees. The branches of a tree grow with a repeating kind of pattern. A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. Scientists use their understanding of fractals to determine the amount of carbon dioxide a tree might be able to take in by looking at one of its leaves. A forest is said to have a structure just as an individual branches on a single tree have a structure. The relative number of large and small trees matches the relative number of large and small branches on a tree. A single tree in a forest can be used to determine how much carbon dioxide a forest might intake.
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