A new fractal analysis of London’s dense network of streets and intersections reveals that a green belt meant to encourage migration to the suburbs had the opposite effect. The city has just became denser. People really seem to love urban living, especially in a thriving city like London. The work could shed light on…
The complexity of a puzzle is usually dependent on how many tiny pieces are crammed inside its box. But by introducing mathematical fractals into the design, this plain nine-piece puzzle by Oscar van Deventer looks like a nightmare to solve.
There are multiple examples of fractal patterns in nature, from peacock feathers, snowflakes, and leaves, to cloud formations and coastlines. A group of graduate students have spotted similar fractal geometries in the ponds that form at low tide on a tidal flat in Maine.
The roots of CGI lie in the first mechanical aids to drawing and painting. The earliest of these were developed to help solve a problem every artist has found to be sticky: perspective.
Fractal geometry is a field of math born in the 1970s and mainly developed by Benoit Mandelbrot. If you've already heard of fractals, you've probably seen the picture above. It's called the Mandelbrot Set and is an example of a fractal shape.
Math is way more fun when it's lent some narrative, some purpose—and we've never seen a better example than this stunning noir cartoon which explains fractals. You have to watch it.
IBM's engineers must have been at a loose end, because they've just launched a new site called the IBMblr Fractalizer, which takes any Tumblr and spits it out as a series of fractals.
Though we have previously covered the amazing fractal creations of Tom Beddard, we thought it would be worth revisiting his work to find some examples of his architectural explorations. As we’ve discussed many times, parametric modeling is becoming more popular in the architecture world, thanks largely to Patrik…
If you've ever read the Jurassic Park novel and wondered what those crazy sets of spirals were between chapters, you need to watch this video. Also: if you've never read the Jurassic Park novel, you need to watch this video.
The whole 3D phase gave puzzles a bit of a temporary renaissance, but a Boston-based design shop called Nervous System hopes to revive them yet again with a unique twist. And 'unique' is the key word here since every puzzle is cut with a different fractal pattern.
Even the smallest taste of a fractal is guaranteed to blow one's mind, wrapping up psychedelic satisfaction and hardcore mathematics in a bite-sized (er, infinite-sized?) package. Tom Beddard, a laser physicist-cum-developer, wants to show us their artistic side.
The French mathematician was the father of fractals, and while pancreatic cancer got the better of him four days ago, his reputation will live on in the areas of maths, physics, finance, biology and countless more.
This is how I imagine a trip into the brain of Hunter S. Thompson after eating a slice of Benoît Mandelbrot's brain, sautéed with a bit of pepper, olive oil, and mescal shaves. Except there are no strippers running around.