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LEGO Fractals
My daughter has recently started playing with DUPLO blocks pretty consistently, which has me thinking about LEGO—the toy of my youth (and hopefully her’s in a couple of years, too!). In some ways, LEGO is an ideal medium for exploring … Continue reading
Newton Fractals
The question of solvability is one of the driving questions in mathematics. That is, given an equation, can it be solved? and if so, what are the solutions? There are some equations that are very easily solved. For instance, the … Continue reading
The Mandelbrot Set—Part VIII: Buddhabrots
The Mandelbrot Set Series: In previous discussions of the Mandelbrot set and its cousins, we have focused on how it is defined. Specifically, each member of the family of Mandelbrot sets is a collection of points that behave nicely when … Continue reading
The Collatz Fractal
In the past, we have spent a significant amount of time discussing the Mandelbrot set and variations thereon. We saw that each Mandelbrot, multibrot, and Julia set can be characterized as a set of complex numbers that behave “nicely” with … Continue reading
The Mandelbrot Set—Part VII: Multibrot Sets
The Mandelbrot Set Series: This is the seventh part in a series on Mandelbrot set fractals. In the previous post, we varied the constant term in the Mandelbrot set generating function, which gave us an infinite variety of Julia sets. … Continue reading
The Mandelbrot Set—Part VI: Julia Sets
The Mandelbrot Set Series: This is the sixth part in a series on Mandelbrot set fractals. Up until now, we have looked at fractals that are generated by examining the limit behaviour of points on the complex plane when a … Continue reading
The Mandelbrot Set—Part V: Coloring the Mandelbrot Set
The Mandelbrot Set Series: This post is the fifth in a series on the Mandelbrot set. Thus far, we have managed to define the Mandelbrot set as a collection of points or numbers on the complex plane. Every point is … Continue reading
The Mandelbrot Set—Part IV: Defining the Mandelbrot Set
The Mandelbrot Set Series: This post is the fourth in a series on the Mandelbrot set. In previous posts, we have discussed what fractals are, given a hint as to the complexity of the Mandelbrot set, and laid some groundwork … Continue reading
The Mandelbrot Set—Part III: Complex Numbers
The Mandelbrot Set Series: This post is the third in a series on the Mandelbrot set. The Mandelbrot set resides upon the complex plane. This means that in order to look more closely at the Mandelbrot set itself, we need … Continue reading