The First 3-D Image of a Mandelbrot Fractal Is Stunning

December 28, 2009 at 8:37 am | Posted in Lifescape | 1 Comment
Here’s a video of a deep zoom into the Mandelbulb with full parallax/perspective.

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Behold the “Mandelbulb.” This is a three-dimensional image created using the Mandelbrot set, a mathematical structure whose edges form fractals. The result is something that looks like an alien tree. Which isn’t surprising, since fractals emulate patterns in nature.
this is the “first true three-dimensional representations of the Mandelbrot set.” It was created by computer programmer Daniel White from Bedford, UK.
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The original Mandelbrot is an amazing object that has captured the public’s imagination for 30 years
It’s known as a ‘fractal’ – a type of shape that yields (sometimes elaborate) detail forever, no matter how far you ‘zoom’ into it
It’s found by following a relatively simple math formula. But in the end, it’s still only 2D and flat – there’s no depth, shadows, perspective, or light sourcing. What we have featured in this article is a potential 3D version of the same fractal.

Gotta love the luminous sorbet style texture of the quadratic version of the Mandelbulb

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  1. Dear Daniel White,
    I should like to get contact with you and your work more in details. I am working for a long time on modelling of physical laws of complex phenomena by intelligent systems – look for example to my book: Synergetics of mesurement, prediction nad control published by Springer in 1997. beside this I am sculpturing and painting – look to – sculptures- at the end of my website box. I have also been working on modelling of generators of complex dynamic fields by intellignet structures and consequently I am interested more deeply in a computer program for creating 3D Mandelbrot structures. Would you like to inform me how to get it?
    Igor Grabec

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