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Dinarius = digital interest
4 March 2012

Drink Me. Mandelbrot zoom

An online team of curiosity seekers has used computers to calculate the farthest ever zoom into the Mandelbrot Fractal. The results are colorful and unexpected and, had the computers been enlarging the image of the fractal to expose such detail, larger than anything known. The video is around 13 minutes long; coolest effect is what happens when you look up at the world around you after the video. ;)

The Mandelbrot set and several variations

First of all, the color sets can be anything you set it too. Many people have done all sorts of things with the Mandelbrot set to achieve all kinds of interesting geek art.

Colorizing a fractal is an arbitrary choice of the designer

The zooming confuses some. It’s basically how large would you have to make the original set as a render to see the detail inside that set? Team Fresh is saying that the zoom into the Mandelbrot Set would place the original render at a size larger than the known Universe to see the details they’ve computed. The example below, maybe about coffee table size.

Zooming into a fractal implies expanding the original set

Here’s the rabbit hole zoom. It’s all based on math that provides staggering details the smaller you get. The larger portions have equations that slope toward a conclusion. So the zoom shifts smoothly to continue helping us see the “infinitely” small fractal details.

Mandelbrot set zoomed to Universe size revealing details

Last Lights On – Mandelbrot fractal zoom to 6.066 e228 (2^760) from teamfresh on Vimeo.

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