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Название: Lindenmayer Systems, Fractals, and Plants
Авторы: Prusinkiewicz P., Hanan J.
L-systems are a mathematical formalism which was proposed by Aristid Lindenmayer in 1968 as a foundation for an axiomatic theory of development. The notion promptly attracted the attention of computer scientists, who investigated L-systems from the viewpoint of formal language theory. This theoretical line of research was pursued very actively in the seventies, resulting in over one thousand publications. A different research direction was taken in 1984 by Alvy Ray Smith, who proposed L-systems as a tool for synthesizing realistic images of plants and pointed out the relationship between L-systems and the concept of fractals introduced by Benoit Mandelbrot. The work by Smith inspired our studies of the application of L-systems to computer graphics. Originally, we were interested in two problems:
• Can L-systems be used as a realistic model of plant species found in nature?
• Can L-systems be applied to generate images of a wide class of fractals?