Monday, February 15, 2010

Beware of mathematical porn

Greetings.

Jewish date:  1 ’Adhar 5770 (Parashath Terumah).

Today’s quasi-holiday:  Presidents Day.  (Or is it?  See “Presidents Day”.)


Today’s news and commentary:
Mandelbrot setImage of the Mandelbrot set via Wikipedia
Today’s weird thing is “Mandelbrot Fractal Set Trip To e214 HD”.  (I wish I could embed this video, but Vimeo seems to have other ideas, so please click on the link.)  In this video we see the famous Mandelbrot set, over 9 minutes 54 seconds zoomed in to a magnification of 10214, showing off its self-similar fractal nature to an extent that boggles the mind.  The creator describes this stunt as “Mathematical Porn”, and I think there may be a grain of truth in this unsavory description.  Enjoy and share the weirdness.

Aaron



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