Friday, November 21st, 2008

FlickrBrot: Happy Birthday Mandelbrot

Category: Fun

A little Friday fun here from Jacob Seidelin. He has added FlickrBrot to his other fun fractal examples of the past.

FlickrBrot commemorates the birthday of Mandelbrot himself:

Today is the birthday of Benoit Mandelbrot. About 30 years ago he pulled a bit of mathematical beauty out of his head that would make him father of what is called fractal geometry. Today, at 84, he’s a retired Sterling Professor from Yale but is still getting awards thrown his way and even planets named after him. I thought I’d make something to mark his birthday since I’ve been playing a bit with fractals and JavaScript lately and because he’s just damn cool.

What I’ve spent my morning doing is hacking together my fractal renderer with some of the Flickr stuff I’ve also been doing. Instead of drawing colored pixels, it now pulls in a (limited) number of Flickr images and uses those to paint a visualization of the Mandelbrot set.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
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