Saturday, October 16, 2010
Benoît Mandelbrot Lives
News of Mandelbrot's death at the ripe age of 85 spread like a wildfire through the geek community (which I'm a proud member of) today. In highschool I remember seeing an image of the Mandelbrot Set and since then have been fascinated with it. In college I wrote a computer program to generate the Mandelbrot Set myself and became even more fascinated because of the complexity of the Set that comes from an absurdly simple equation:
z = z^2 + c.
In fact, the broader implications of his (as well as Fibinocci's) discovery has been a key component is how I view the world and try to make sense of it all.
As a sidenote, I also recently learned German and discovered that his name means Mr. Almondbread in English! :)
Anyway, here's a video I found an share with you in honor of Mr. Mandelbrot. I always wanted to make a video like this but never got around to it. Enjoy.
Mandelbrot Fractal Set Trip To e214 HD from teamfresh on Vimeo.
See also: Fibonacci Sequence