...an eXploration into INFINITY & PATTERNS, (for a better understanding of FRACTAL ARTWORK & why it's so BEAUTIFUL)
first personal eXposure to fractals was the Mandelbrot Set. Back
in the 90's I managed to catch about the last 10 minutes of a television
program describing this fractal equation, and I was FLOORED! In fact,
when I got my first (real) computer a year or two later, the very first
thing I did on it was a search for "MANDELBROT SET" so I could learn MORE!
What I saw in the last few minutes of that TV program had such a HUGE effect on me not only because of the beauty of the images, but especially because of what they stood for....INFINITY...ETERNITY....FOREVER.
This (apparently) "simple" mathematical equation (which is "Z<->z²+c"), made possible for viewing with the current day's more powerful computers, demonstrated that INFINITY is in fact REAL and truly "x"ists. Now this is DEEP. It brings up questions of GOD and ETERNITY, and makes us take another look at our own reality and what we perceive it to be.
Now as an artist, I only need to be interested in the images of fractals, and do not need to know their mathematiX or implications, (thank goodness!). I can easily "x"plore this beautiful other dimension by opening up one of several different programs out there to do so. But as a person with a curiosity about the universe around him, I am FASCINATED with the images of fractals, where they come from, and how they can actually relate to my every day life.
(ABOVE) The complete MANDELBROT SET (at "00" coordinates). The image above is the "spider" or "bug" that will continue to appear throughout the Set, no matter
how far it is magnified, or "zoomed into". Coined as the THUMBPRINT OF GOD, each MANDELBROT BUG is a near copy of the original, yet is an individual UNIVERSE
unto itself with subtle and original variations. One could eXplore the above image FOREVER and still see new worlds. In fact, you can actually "zoom in" to the Set
as seen above until the original image is larger than the UNIVERSE itself! Truly, it is an equation of INFINITY.
The other day while I was checking out PM's animated fractals at YouTube, I "stumbled" upon that very program I mentioned above, where I happened to catch just a few minutes of the end of it way back in the 90's. I couldn't believe my luck and immediately watched the entire thing! It's called "Fractals: The Colors of Infinity", and is presented by the late author, Arthur C. Clarke, and attempts to "x"plain the Mandelbrot Set...the most FAMOUS of any fractal discovered, (or should I say, "created"?).
Now if you found the above images and the teXt I wrote below them to be interesting, you will LOVE the following clips. If it is all just too "deep" for you, move on and enjoy fractal artwork for what it is...which is BEAUTIFUL!
I wanted to include this following presentation though, because it had such a profound effect on me personally, (and it might just do the same for YOU!). When I begin to understand things like the Mandelbrot Set, I can't help but think how truly insignificant I am in this world, this universe, and the 'other' places that "x"ist within & outside of it. I can't help but KNOW that there is a Grand Creator behind it all, whose precision and PERFECTION become more apparent with the increased knowledge we mere humans acquire as time goes by. I will spare you of my religious beliefs though, (for now), as this is merely an article about 'fractals' and why they are "beautiful", but take a gander at the following movie clips and TRY to tell me it's all just a "simple coincidence"....
Now keep in mind that this television program was first aired back in 1994. The fractal images ANYONE can now create with their home computers are actually SUPERIOR to the images we'll see in this movie, but the SUBJECT of this program, the Mandelbrot Set, is what it is all about.
So why are fractals so captivating, so intriguing, so fascinating, so BEAUTIFUL? Because they are REAL.....even if we can't actually touch them. Because they reflect and demonstrate the physical world that is all around us, and maybe even the spiritual world that "x"ists in the SAME PLACE, yet somehow also "elsewhere".
hope you will enjoy this following presentation now as much as I
did back then. ;)
VERY DEEP ZOOM into
The Mandelbrot Set
(Sept 6th - 2010)
Here I am again, a year after originally publishing this page on the Mandelbrot Set. To my surprise, this page has done amazingly well in search engines and generates a LOT of traffic to MisterX.ca, so to celebrate its success, I thought I would add some more content to it.
I am still equally fascinated by this subject, if not more so, and just recently I was sent a video that "x"plores the set into the deepest zoom I have yet had the pleasure to witness. The artist of this video states that the final magnification (zoom) of the Mandelbrot Set is "2.1 x 10^275, (or 2^915)", which is the deepest zoom to date, (as of January/2010).
This is truly an AMAZING work. Great rendering, smoothly animated, and set to the most appropriate music. Remember, this is only but ONE mathematical point of the plain being "x"plored in this literally INFINITE CHOICE of possibilities. The Mandelbrot Set really DOES go on FOREVER...
So sit back and enjoy this show. Be sure to watch for the "mandelbrot bug/spider/creature/etc." that will appear again and again in any zoom of the actual set, which is the true "magic" located inside the Mandelbrot "universe".
thanX to Jeanne/Tennessee for sending me this sensational video on the
timely anniversary of this page!
(Original Render Size: 640x480 - Total Render Time: 12 CPU cores running 24/7 for 6 months.)
NOTE: You may wish to view this in FULL SCREEN MODE. If so, just click on the bottom right hand corner of the above frame, (the 4 arrows).
world says goodbye to
BENOIT MANDELBROT was truly one of the geniuses of our time, and his "thinking outside the boX" is sure to continue changing our world forever more. He will likely be best remembered for the Mandelbrot Set itself, but BENOIT MANDELBROT's interests took his unorthodoX thinking into many other fields, too.
BENOIT MANDELBROT also dabbled in, (or has had a major influence on), such fields as physics, biology, and astronomy. His worX have greatly influenced Chaos Theory, and he's even very well known for his studies on financial markets. BENOIT MANDELBROT eXcelled in all the 'phenomena' that interested him.
I could go on and on about Mr. Mandelbrot, and perhaps one day soon I shall create a 'proper' page here at MisterX.ca that will do him some real justice. I just wanted to add this footnote to my page so readers could get a 'feel' for the man behind the Set.
Although obviously a genius whose mind worked slightly differently than the majority's, BENOIT MANDELBROT also had quite the knack for eXplaining things in layman's terms. Here is a video a friend of mine shared with me quite some time ago...but it's one of the BEST videos out there that show MANDELBROT's wonderful mind and sense of humor at work. I hope you enjoy it :)
FRACTALS AND THE ART OF ROUGHNESS by BENOIT MANDELBROT
BENOIT MANDELBROT. You will be missed, but your worX live on in MANY