Friday, May 08, 2009

Looking at Infinity the Mandelbrot way

Sean just came by to ask me to google "Mandelbrot Set". Of course I've never heard of this term, the only brot I know is German for bread, so I'm guessing this is a German name?

Sean says, "A Mandelbrot Set is a fractal that goes on forever. When you zoom in the Mandelbrot Set a lot, you can see a tiny Mandelbrot Set in the centre somewhere. And there is another Mandelbrot Set in the tiny Mandelbrot Set. And it goes on forever."

We found some Youtube videos on the Mandelbrot Set, some were better than others. Here are a couple we really like.





More about Mandelbrot Set from Wikipedia.

I was wrong about the name being German, Benoit Mandelbrot's a French mathematician born in Warsaw, and is best known as the Father of Fractal Geometry. More here.

14 comments:

Syed Danial said...

This is WOW! thank you very much on this.hehe :)

Lilian said...

You're welcome :)

Alcovelet said...

I have a freebie one on my iphone, hehe. Takes a lot of memory though. Beautiful!

Tks for the videos!

Lilian said...

Yeah Ad, beautiful and mesmerising. Hypnotic effect even.

monlim said...

Between yours and Ad's incredible maths and science posts, I'm feeling terribly inadequate now...

Lilian said...

My posts don't come close to Adeline's lah, both in quantity and complexity. And all those links are just links, like real only, not that we understand anything. Just enjoy looking at the mesmerising kaleidoscopey effects from zooming into the fractals, that's all.

monlim said...

But I'm still amazed that Sean can approach you with something like "Mandelbrot"!

Lilian said...

Ya, and he had to spell it for me too! I hadn't the faintest idea what he was talking about.

Alcovelet said...

Yalah. Kudos to sean for being so interested.

Hypnotic is right - watching this is like accidentally turning on a car racing programme on Sunday. Suddenly, 10 mins have gone by and I'm just fixated by the cars going round and round, listening to the "zmmm .... ZMMmmm... zmmm...".

Nolah Mon & Lilian, don't say like that leh. My posts have a lot of huh-factor in it, like, huhh, really??

Lilian said...

For me, a bonfire has that same hypnotic/mesmerising effect on me. I could look at a fire for a long time and get lost in its mysterious beauty.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lilian, coincidentally, my older gal was reading up on the infinity mirror reflection & its relationship with fractals. They were playing in front of the mirror & were amused by the multiple reflections of them, holding a mirror standing infront of a mirror. They asked me to count the nos of reflections, I told them it is infinity. then they asked, why the reflection is infinity? Of course, I directed them to google...heehee

Our next science project, we are going to make our own kaleidoscope.

Chris

Lilian said...

Chris: Why don't you start a blog and you can share with us how you made your kaleidoscope. Btw, when I was young, I had a gorgeous kaleidoscope; haven't found one as beautiful and simple to use these days.

Anonymous said...

Aiyoh, I dunno how to blog. With my terrible english, I can't even write to save myself ^_^.

While they were reading about the reflection, they came across the kaleidoscope. So after googling, found this video,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iddw0BUnq9Y

Look quite simple, so going to make with them, after the older one finish her exam.

Chris

Lilian said...

Can still blog lah, just add a bit of Hokkien and Malay and Cantonese if you get stuck :P

Thanks for the link...looks simple to you, but to me, very complicated!