Thursday, November 04, 2010

Benoit Mandelbrot Passes Away October 14

Benoit Mandelbrot passed away this last October 14 and left a legacy of fractal geometry behind him. It is quite amazing that a simple formula such as z = z^2 + c could be iterated and produce such beautiful images. Here is a rock music video by M. Eric Carr with music that was written and sung by Jonathan Coulton as a tribute to Mandelbrot and I find it quite clever.




Here are some fractals that I made using some software called ultrafractal and many of these are based on the Mandelbrot set. What I find most fascinating about these images is that when you are looking at them you are visualizing one small but beautiful facet of the logical structure in your mind. It is like a magical magnifying mirror looking directly at the logical foundation of the house you call mind.








7 comments:

David Perrings said...

looks like you have a future in the christmas wrapping paper business

david perrings

Kaz Maslanka said...

Z Santa in the complex plane

SimCon said...

Those are great fractal pictures. Check this out for my rendering of a small zoom of the Mandelbrot set

http://mathcadworksheets.blogspot.com/2010/11/generate-colorful-images-of-mandelbrot.html

Kaz Maslanka said...

SimCon - That looks a bit spammy to me.

Doug said...

Brilliant, as always. Art without technique is not art. Maslanka is not a fraud, though many times I've tried to pants him. He is authentic, and doesn't drink. I can't solve the equations, but I know art. He is a serious bastard, and will pants you at the drop of a hat.

M. Eric Carr said...

The video is indeed mine, but the song was written and sung by Jonathan Coulton, not me. I just set the video to his song, a few years ago.

Kaz Maslanka said...

Hi Eric,
First of all thank you so much for straightening me out on this matter My apologies to Jonathan! Now, secondly I want to thank you for making the video; many of my friends love it! – And thanks to Jonathan for writing such a cool song!
Kaz

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