Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Fractal: How Fractals Can Explain What's Wrong with Wall Street: Scientific American

MATH OR ART?: This Mandelbrot set with colored environment. Each pixel is associated with a certain sequence of complex numbers. The index for which the absolute value of all following numbers exceed 1000 increases from each colored stripe to the next towards the Mandelbrot set by the amount of 1. Created by Wolfgang Beyer with the program Ultra Fractal 3.

Read this fascinating article about how "the geometry that describes the shape of coastlines and the patterns of galaxies also elucidates how stock prices soar and plummet" by Benoit B. Mandelbrot himself.


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