Oct 31

Reported by Alexis Madrigal in Wired Science

The quest by a group of math geeks to create a three-dimensional analogue for the mesmerizing Mandelbrot fractal has ended in success.

They call it the Mandelbulb. The 3-D renderings were generated by applying an iterative algorithm to a sphere. The same calculation is applied over and over to the sphere’s points in three dimensions. In spirit, that’s similar to how the original 2-D Mandelbrot set generates its infinite and self-repeating complexity.

If you were ever mesmerized by the Mandelbrot screen saver, the following images are worth a look. Each photo is a zoom on one of these Mandelbulbs.

Also, see Wired Science gallery of fractals in nature

Read More: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/12/mandelbulb-gallery/#ixzz13yLLVcxH

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