Friday, June 12, 2009

Mandelbrot Browser: Electrified, Fractalised Turtles.

Nice (Green) Mandelbrot browser- tho not particularly fast (although it's still a lot faster than the program i wrote about 20 years ago on my Atari!). What's amazing about these fractal structures is that they are 'chaotic': deterministic, yet not entirely predictable (you do keep seeing electrified turtles). In other words, the iterated equation that describes them would very easily fit on a very small T-shirt- yet the pattern it generates is literally infinite. It's almost certain that if you explore this for more than 30 clicks, you'll actually be seeing stuff that NOBODY else in the world has ever seen, or will ever see again. You're not wasting time- you're an explorer. Although it probably can't be proven- i think it'll be "turtles all the way down"..Dig that crazy Mandelbrot man... (Mandelbrot set left, Mandelbrot pastry right).

Here's also a great youtube video of a dive into the Mandelbrot (apparently): "An extremely deep dive into the mandelbrot zoom. If the final frame were the size of your screen, the full set would be larger than the known universe". (fuck that's BIG)

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