The Infinite Beauty of Maths Fractals.

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The Mandelbrot Set, like its early-20th-century predecessor the Julia Set, is the visualisation of an infinitely repeating fractal: you can keep zooming into details, which reveal more details, inside which is the original image, and so on.
Its psychedelic patterns have made it a pop-culture favourite since it appeared in the 1980s, and its infinite loop gives rise to this joke about its creator:
Q: “What does the ‘B’ in Benoit B Mandelbrot stand for?” A: “Benoit B Mandelbrot.” Q: “And what does that ‘B’ in Benoit B Mandelbrot stand for? A: “Benoit B Mandelbrot.” (Repeat ad nauseam.)
Photograph: Science Photo Library
Source: The beauty of maths – in pictures | The Man Who Knew Infinity | The Guardian

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