Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's a badass effin' fractal

Benoit Mandelbrot, genius mathematician and the man who coined the term "fractal" and after whom the Mandelbrot Set is named, dead at 85.

A Mandelbrot Set is an extremely complex construct created by using a simple mathematical formula, and its most salient feature is that it shows more intricate detail the closer one looks or magnifies the image.

Here is a great video showing a typical "Mandelbrot Zoom".

And with perhaps the greatest (and probably only) song about this topic, may I humbly introduce you to the genius of Jonathan Coulton's "Mandelbrot Set" and the wonderful images someone put to the music...

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