If you’re interested in reading a bit more about the central topics of the past two articles, check out this NPR article as a follow-up. Also note the New York Times article linked there. Both articles have really interesting information on Galileo’s Square Cube Law and something called Kleiber’s Law, which governs the relationship between an animal’s size and metabolic rate.
I want you to read a bit more about the man mentioned in so many of these articles: Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractal geometry. Mandelbrot died in 2010, and the New York Times’ article about his death has a good summary of his life and contributions. Please read this by Friday.